MLB Network Taps Ericsson HD Encoders For All-Star Coverage

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MLB Network will use Ericsson's HD video-processing gear for live coverage surrounding the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, with encoders located on-site at Angel Stadium and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

The programmer will use Ericsson's MPEG-4 Advanced Video Code (AVC) HD encoders at Angel Stadium and Disneyland, and then feed those streams into a multiplexer combining the signals into a single multiservice stream for transmission back to MLB Network's facility in Secaucus, N.J., for redistribution to affiliates.

"We've been able to expand our network operations center out into the field with the equipment provided by Ericsson so that we can seamlessly control the product from capture through delivery," MLB Network director of engineering Brad Cheney said in a statement. "With the added use of multiplexing multiple feeds into a single stream, we're able to provide more product to our users, which is higher quality at a lower cost."

The 81st MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday will be televised nationally in the U.S. by Fox, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and around the world by Major League Baseball International.

MLB Network's coverage around the game includes the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, MLB Tonight All-Star Batting Practice and MLB Tonight All-Star Edition. The network currently is available in approximately 55 million cable, satellite and telco TV homes.

Ericsson's video-processing product line comes from the 2007 acquisition of Tandberg Television.

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