Harmonic, Modulus Make NAB News

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Harmonic Inc. has upgraded its “NMX” digital-services manager to allow for digital-program insertion -- a key element for operators moving to digital simulcast.

In making the announcement at the National Association of Broadcasters’ convention in Las Vegas, Harmonic said the DPI-server module simplifies the process of dynamically customizing content with advertisements and short-form programs. The module can detect ad locations in analog signals and trigger encoders to place digital ads in those spots.

In other NAB news, Modulus Video Inc. demonstrated full-frame-rate 1080i (interlaced) HD video delivered at 5.5 megabits per second through its “ME 6000 AVC” HD-video encoder. Modulus said the encoder can deliver HD at one-half the bit rate of existing MPEG-2 systems.

Texas Instruments Inc. said set-top maker Humax Co. Ltd. will use its “DM642” digital-media processor in the company's “RG100” set-top box. The direct-broadcast satellite set-top includes a digital-video recorder and Internet-protocol-TV decoder, and it supports advanced codes such as MPEG-4 (Moving Picture Expert Group), H. 264 and VC-1.

Sony Pictures Entertainment said it was working with Ascent Media Group to digitize its entire film and TV library, which will make it easier to process content for quick-turnaround platforms like wireless and video-on-demand.

And Tandberg Television said British Sky Broadcasting Group plc will use its MPEG-4 video-encoding system for the launch of its HD service.

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