igolgi XScale encoder doubles ATSC 1.0 channel count

Friday, April 7th, 2023 
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As OTA Grows, ATSC 1.0 Channel Count Can be Doubled with igolgi’s New XScale Encoder

  • The new XScale encoder enables up to 24 SD channels or a combination of HD/SD channel.
  • The igolgi XScale ATSC 1.0 was designed to take advantage of the current cord-cutting phenomena. See it at NAB, igolgi booth W-1572.

PRINCETON, NJ — As the price of all delivery services increase, the appetite for free OTA viewing is following suit, with as many as 50% of American households moving from cable and satellite to streaming and OTA, according to recent trade journal reports.

Both full-power and LPTV stations can reap the benefits of this shift by using igolgi’s new XScale ATSC-1.0 Encoder. Broadcasters who adopt XScale can more than double their existing channel count compared to older ATSC1 encoders.

igolgi XScale ATSC 1.0 encoder

According to Jeff Zhu, igolgi product manager, “We designed the XScale to enable full power stations and LPTV facilities to increase their channel count as chord cutting increases. XScale is the ideal product to provide more local content, which combined with streaming, is a growing viewing model.”

The new XScale includes H.264 encoding technology compliant with the ATSC A/72 specification for superb video quality with expanded channel support. Using H.264 encoding and the latest CPU technology, the igolgi XScale platform supports up to 24-ATSC 1.0 output channels and can support any combination of SD/HD-SDI, baseband, ASI, or IP inputs. Based on igolgi’s new dual technology encoding platform, XScale can also be configured as a combination MPEG2/MPEG4 encoder enabling a combination of HD and SDI output channels.

As with all iLux ATSC encoders, the XScale model offers the industry’s most flexible interface support and easiest configurability. The XScale provides a complete ATSC 1.0 solution for encoding, Electronic Program Guide (EPG), analog or IP-based Emergency Alert System (EAS), CALM Audio loudness control, Hourly Station Callout, and more.

The XScale can be upgraded to ATSC 3.0 when the need arises as Igolgi already offers an advanced ATSC 3.0 NextGen encoder that has been deployed in many markets.

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