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September 02, 2009

DVEO to Demo DVB-T to IP Gateway
By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor

The broadcast division of CMI DVEO said that it’ll demonstrate its professional Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial, DVB-T, to IP gateway, the OnRamp DVB-T/IP, for Internet protocol television at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

The OnRamp DVB-T/IP has been designed for European broadcasting, IPTV (News - Alert), and “telco TV.” Company officials said that it simultaneously receives transport streams from one to four DVB-T transmitters and outputs them to a dedicated IP network.
The video streams generated by the OnRamp DVB-T/IP can be viewed on television sets with standard IP capable set-top boxes. In addition, the video streams can also viewed on computers using streaming video software clients such as VLC or MPlayer.
Additionally, officials said that the system can be ordered with the option to transcode MPEG-2 streams into H.264/MPEG-4, up to a maximum combined bitrate of 6 Mbps.
Though a European standard for broadcasting digital TV “over the air,” DVB-T can also be used in other parts of the world, including countries in Asia and the Middle East.
The Linux based system supports MPEG-2 and H.264 input and output in SD and HD format. And, the unit provides PID filtering of all unwanted traffic, increasing number of channels that can be transmitted per unit. Also, officials said that it features remote configuration management through a Web browser and Secure Shell, or SSH.
Calling it a cost-efficient system for streaming DVB-T content to and from remote locations, Laszlo Zoltan, sales manager at DVEO (News - Alert), said: “We recommend OnRamp DVB-T/IP for cable companies, electronic news gathering, and internet transmission of movie or video dailies.” He added that one of the customers uses it to stream video inside their hotel in the U.K.
Typically, the OnRamp DVB-T/IP is deployed in “closed” systems such as hotels, convention centers, and corporations. Officials said that at these places bandwidth is dedicated and is used for this purpose only.
DVEO's OnRamp DVB-T/IP is available in a two-rack unit with one to four DVB-T receivers, or in a compact rack-mountable single channel unit. Officials said that the option to transcode from MPEG-2 to H.264 can be included with the system. Also, it can be added later as an upgrade with a license purchase.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray


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