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Cable and Broadcast Companies Save Millions of Dollars Per Year

Wednesday, April 1, 2009  
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Cable and Broadcast Companies Save Millions of Dollars Per Year with Revolutionary MPEG-4 HDTV Solution over Satellite by ATCi

Antenna Technology Communications Inc. (ATCi), a provider of commercial satellite communications services, successfully designed and implemented a revolutionary digital broadcast system designed for local a channel and/or DMA extension system that ultimately saves cable and broadcast companies millions of dollars per year.

Historically cable companies and broadcasters have transmitted local channels via traditional microwave tower to tower technology, however through the advent of MPEG-4/DVB-S2 and H.264 technology, ATCi was able to design and implement a custom system enabling cable operators who commonly provide cable television, telephone and high-speed Internet services to designated market areas (DMA’s) the ability to transmit HD programming via MPEG-4 over satellite. They can then trans-code the signal through their legacy MPEG-2 format thus allowing them to ultimately deliver the signal to their existing set top boxes. By compressing the signal to MPEG-4, cable operators are now able to economically offer HD channels to all of their extended DMA’s by utilizing this leading edge construct. By utilizing this next generation MPEG-4 technology coupled with DVB-S2 uses approximately half the bandwidth while providing double the data throughput which translates into a tremendous cost savings

With these broadcast applications, ATCi provides all the RF equipment and installation services for the uplinked channels from a network of uplink facilities. ATCi handles the daily engineering, origination, playout, ad-insertion, automation, customer service and monitoring support to ensure the channels are successfully received by the extended DMA locations.

ATCi’s mission is to enhance the customer’s opportunity for profit by providing quality, reliable and cost effective satellite and fiber linked communication components and systems to commercial entities in the U.S. and abroad. ATCi is headquartered in Chandler, Arizona with operating sales offices in North America and China.

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