Inter BEE 2011 PREVIEW: Exhibition of Hirotech in-house broadcaster with internal 4-channel HD (MPEG2/H.264) encoder

2011.10.27 UP

In-house broadcaster with internal 4-channel HD encoder

Focusing on multi-channel and multi-format modulators, Hirotech, Inc. (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture; Motohiro Kurisu, CEO) will exhibit its DBS85555A autonomous broadcaster with internal 4-channel HD (MPEG2/H.264) encoder and modulator in a 1U case and its DBS6038A autonomous broadcaster with internal 8-channel SD (MPEG2/H.264) encoder at Inter BEE, the show set to run at Makuhari Messe from Wednesday, Nov. 16, until Friday, Nov. 18.

■ Exhibit of in-house broadcaster with MPEG2 and H.264 multi-format encoder and four modulators in a 1U case
Hirotech will exhibit its DBS85555A in-house broadcaster equipped with four boards with MPEG2 and H.264 encoder and modulators in a 1U case for the first time at Inter BEE 2011.
The DBS85555A, an in-house broadcasting unit with four-channel OFDM modulation and an MPEG2-HD/SD and H.264-HD/SD multi-format encoder, can transmit on the VHF, UHF or CATV bands. It also has an Ethernet terminal, and by setting an IP address and accessing it through a Web browser, you can set the encoder rate, voice mode, PSI or modulator output channel or check its status.
This machine's greatest features, Hirotech CEO Motohiro Kurisu explains, are "the fact that we were able to miniaturize it by developing an FPGA modulator and its support for multiple formats, such as MPEG2-HD/SD and H.264-HD/SD."

Hirotech said, "This machine's ODFM modulation supports the ISDB-T international standard, which is based on the Japanese ISDB-T terrestrial broadcasting standard used in South America, and it also supports the Java-based data broadcasting standard called Ginga." Mr. Kurisu explained, "We would like to sell it in Argentina."

■ Exhibit of broadcaster with MPEG-2/H.264 x 8-channel encoder and modulator in half-size 1U
Hirotech will exhibit its DBS6038A broadcaster equipped with eight-channel MPEG2 and H.264 SD encoders and an ultra-miniature dual-type ODFM modulator in a half-size 1U case for the first time at Inter BEE 2011.

The DBS6038A is equipped with a dual-type ODFM modulator and can transmit on any RF channel. It has eight inputs for analog signals and comes with a special cable that supports analog component video, S-video, component video and L+R audio. Because it is also equipped with a PSI generation feature and can append all the SI information necessary for terrestrial digital broadcasting, it can also offer simple EPG. It has two RF outputs for terrestrial digital broadcasting. Like the DBS85555A above, data settings and status updates are available by setting an IP address and accessing it through a Web browser.

This machine was developed to serve as a system for pay channels at hotels. Because of its reception restriction function using data broadcasting and B-CAS cards, it can easily be used for pay channels.
Mr. Kurisu explained its genesis. "When broadcasting pay channels or free international channels like CNN or KBS in-house, there may not be enough channels, so we expanded it to eight channels," he said. Also, he explained, "The machines on the market supported just four channels. They also required special STBs, but because it receives the signal on TVs that support digital broadcasts, this machine reduces total costs."

Exhibition group: Video/broadcasting-related equipment group

Photograph: In-house broadcaster with internal 4-channel HD encoder (DBS85555A)