Thomson Grass Valley at IBC 2010

DRM Content Server and ViBE Video Compression Range of Products

Thomson Grass Valley will arrive in Amsterdam for IBC 2010 with a lineup of new products and upgrades from its transmission and headend units. These units were not included in Francisco Partners’ recent binding offer to Technicolor concerning the Grass Valley broadcast unit, and the businesses plan to operate individually going forward.

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New Products and Upgrades From the Transmission Unit of Thomson Grass Valley Include

Elite 1000 GreenPower Transmitter Line: The sleek, high performance UHF transmitter features 50 V LDMOS technology and boasts an output power of up to 9.6 kW DVB per unit with an energy consumption savings of up to 15 percent over the previous Elite transmitter series. Utilizing Thomson real-time Digital Adaptive Precorrection (DAP), the Elite 1000 GreenPower line provides leading-edge DTV transmission efficiency, optimized output power, exemplary signal quality, and high redundancy.

DVB-T2 Exciter: Already proven and on-air in the U.K. for the World Cup, the new DVB-T2 Exciter is for analog broadcasters switching directly to DVB-T2, or for digital providers wanting to upgrade to DVB-T2 for greater bandwidth efficiency.

DRM+ Band III Broadcasting System: The DRM+ Band III is the industry's first complete solution for DRM radio transmission in Band III, including a program content management system, the DRM+ modulator, and an RF amplifier for the chosen frequency band. The system incorporates Thomson's GreenPower technology for energy efficiency and state-of-the-art modulation technology.

DRM Content Server With Diveemo Data Service: The DRM Content Server is an integrated, all-in-one content server and transmission control system for DRM radio transmission, complete with the Diveemo application for managing the transmission of extra non-audio content (images, text, maps, small-scale video, and advertising).

New Products and Advances From the Headend Unit of Thomson Grass Valley Include

ViBE EM3000 HD Encoder The ViBE EM3000 HD encoder now features advanced 3D functionalities and also boasts an additional general compression performance gain of 15 percent. The upgraded ViBE video compression range is already on-air broadcasting pan-European sports content.

ViBE EM2000 Quad Encoder The ViBE EM2000 Quad encoder now offers exemplary simultaneous MPEG-2/4 SD encoding on four channels. The ViBE EM2000 Quad allows broadcasters to reduce their compression system footprint dramatically, while maintaining the highest standards.

ViBE EM1000/EM2000 EncoderThe ViBE EM1000/EM2000 encoders now support MPEG-2/4 compressed input, providing the ability to re-encode signals received on ASI or IP. With this option, the EM1000/2000 becomes a true Swiss Army® Knife, giving broadcasters the ability to reduce infrastructure costs on the path to a full IP architecture, with no compromise on picture quality. Built-in DVB subtitle transcoding capabilities are also now offered in the ViBE EM1000/EM2000 encoders. This new DVB subtitle software license, based on Cavena technology, simplifies the management of DVB subtitles redundancy and saves space by avoiding external subtitling equipment.

NetProcessor 9030/40 Multiplexer A highly adaptable and richly featured multiplexer, the new DVB-T2-ready NetProcessor 9030/40 offers the power of several multiplexers in one unit, thus allowing operators to reduce CAPEX and OPEX. The flexible NetProcessor 9030/40 is scalable to fit any requirement thanks to its advanced features, which include a wide range of interfaces, full CAS support, embedded SFN or DVB-T2 gateway, and built-in program insertion capability.

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About Thomson Grass Valley

Since the earliest years of broadcasting, Thomson has been a key supplier of expertise and innovation to the world's leading broadcasters. Thomson Grass Valley has pioneered many developments that have shaped the industry, leading innovation in solid-state technology, Digital Adaptive Precorrection (DAP), Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), and Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); winning multiple Emmy® Awards; and gaining more than 50 patents in technologies that have become fundamental to broadcasting.

With more than 50,000 active Thomson Grass Valley transmission systems deployed worldwide, Thomson Grass Valley continues to forge technologies for the future, with products for terrestrial television, radio, and scientific applications; world-class systems integration services; and 21st-century initiatives such as the innovative GreenPower and broadcast/mobile convergence programs.

For the digital headend, Thomson Grass Valley provides innovative video delivery solutions for a premium viewing experience and the best possible picture quality across any network, to any device. As a worldwide leader in compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV, and Web streaming, Thomson Grass Valley has the experience and range of products to supply every need, from hybrid multiformat compression systems to contribution links for content exchange networks.

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