Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a leader in high definition (HD) video processing technology, today announced the DSR-6300 -- the industry's first commercial receiver/decoder (IRD) to deliver three-channel MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 HD transcoding. The DSR-6300 enables cable operators to increase HD throughput by up to 50 percent while offering satellite operators greater flexibility in packaging HD services to their affiliates. As a result, cable video consumers will benefit from increased HD channel choices.
"The increasing demand for high-quality video requires bandwidth optimization through innovative technologies that deliver efficiencies and smart integration," said Bob Wilson, general manager for Networked Video Solutions, Motorola. "As we move toward digitization of all content, timely solutions like the DSR-6300 will help our customers directly meet the video explosion with more HD services."
The DSR-6300 features Motorola's Emmy(R) award-winning, high-quality closed-loop statistical multiplexing, which dynamically allocates the optimal bandwidth to each program using Motorola patented video complexity analysis. This process provides appropriate and timely bit rate adjustments to services as video becomes more or less difficult to encode. As a result, up to three HD services can be efficiently delivered to the home in QAM-friendly transport bitrates, significantly increasing the number of services that can be delivered over a standard cable 256-QAM feed. The DSR-6300 simultaneously uses the in-band active format descriptor (AFD) to translate input HD services to an appropriate standard definition (SD) service with proper apect ratio and resolution. This will allow programmers to migrate to HD-only distribution strategies, further freeing up valuable satellite bandwidth for delivering even more HD services.
The DSR-6300 extends Motorola's transcoding IRD portfolioDSR-6050, which is deployed by many North American programmers to reduce HD bandwidth requirements up to 75 percent through advanced modulation and MPEG-4 video encoding. The DSR-6050 transcodes MPEG-4 HD content into a MPEG-2 format for legacy cable subscribers with MPEG-2 set-tops. Last year alone, Motorola's industry-leading MPEG-4 encoding equipment was selected by programmers to deliver more than 60 new HD channels to their affiliates. that includes the
Field trials for the DSR-6300 are planned with programmers, with general availability in North America and South America beginning in 3Q09. The DSR-6300 will be featured at The Cable Show, April 1 -- 3, 2009, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., at Motorola's booth (#2037).