ARRIS powers satellite distribution for AMC Networks

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
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ARRIS Powers AMC Networks’ Future Satellite Distribution Architecture

  • ARRIS® ME-7000 Compression Platform and DSR-7400 Transcoder IRD reduce network bandwidth requirements and pave the way to advanced services

SUWANEE, Ga. — ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced that AMC Networks – the entertainment company known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content and award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv – has selected the ARRIS ME-7000 and DSR-7400 video compression and transcoding solutions. They will serve as the foundation for AMC Networks’ satellite distribution architecture of the future.

The ARRIS ME-7000 leverages the latest HEVC compression technologies to increase video capacity over satellite transmission channels, ultimately enabling next-generation entertainment experiences for viewers of AMC Networks’ channel portfolio. The platform is easy to upgrade and provides tremendous cost savings through improved density, power, and cooling.

The ARRIS DSR-7400 family of transcoders allows AMC Networks to efficiently deliver services through its existing QAM networks and transcode HEVC services to MPEG-2/4 HD and SD in support of legacy set-tops. Its multi-tuner capability can simultaneously receive and process up to four input satellite transponder multiplexes enabling flexibility in service selection across networks.

ARRIS Professional Services is working closely with AMC Networks to design, integrate, and install the new technology framework within its satellite infrastructure.

“As a leading creator of high-quality, award-winning content, we’re investing in a new satellite network to showcase our incredible library of content and deliver it to our millions of subscribers,” said Steve Pontillo, EVP & CTO, Technology and Operations, AMC Networks. “We selected ARRIS to power our network of the future because they have deep technical expertise in this space and an intimate understanding of our operations. Together, we’re able to take advantage of the latest technology to make our existing network more efficient as we transition to delivering tomorrow’s video experiences.”

“Our work with AMC Networks extends our global leadership in advanced video network system deployments,” said Dan Whalen, President, Network & Cloud, ARRIS. “This partnership leverages our expertise in integrating the latest bandwidth efficiencies and compression technologies to support AMC Networks’ vision of the future. And, our work together highlights the capabilities of our ME-7000 and DSR-7400 in bridging the gap between today’s networks and the next era of entertainment services.”

Visit ARRIS at NAB in Las Vegas, April 8-11 (Booth SU2615) to learn more about our products and solutions with AMC Networks.