The Cisco D9859 platform (Figures 1 and 2) extends the distribution options for MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) HD from MPEG-4 only environments to existing MPEG-2 networks. Support for up to eight simultaneous high-definition or standard-definition (SD) channels of decryption and transcoding provides the advantage of density for locations requiring more than just a single channel. The Cisco D9859 can provide up to 8 down-converted MPEG-2 standard definition programs or MPEG-2 high-definition transcoded programs along with decrypted passthrough of the incoming programs. Video and two audio outputs are available for analog down-conversion for one of the decrypted incoming MPEG-4 high-definition programs. The base Cisco D9859 comes configured for 1 HD and 1 SD output with dynamic licensing options to upgrade the unit in the field locally or over the air using the Cisco PowerVu® Network Center uplink control system, supporting a pay-as-you-grow model.