RGB’s Simulcast Edge Processor (SEP) delivers the industry’s most complete solution for digital simulcast edge decoding applications, offering the ability to MPEG decode, NTSC modulate and upconvert multiple video streams in a single rack unit chassis. Based on a highly flexible, scalable, modular platform, the SEP is the ideal solution for simplifying digital simulcast deployments and making a smooth transition to fully digital networks.
RGB’s Simulcast Edge Processor (SEP) is the industry’s first product to combine high density MPEG-2 decoding, NTSC modulation and upconversion in a single rack unit device for use in digital simulcast applications. It receives and decodes multiple MPEG-2 programs and outputs the programs over multiple RF-modulated NTSC channels. Based on RGB’s Video Intelligence Architec-ture (VIA) and its flexible video processing platform, the SEP streamlines the decoding, modulation, and upconversion process at the edge of the network (local headend or hub) and provides operators with many advantages in the construction of their simulcast networks.
In a simulcast environment, operators convert all analog channels to digital at the headend and distribute and process them in digital format throughout the network. At the edge, the content intended for analog subscribers is decoded and distributed as NTSC RF signals, while digital subscribers receive a full digital line-up over digital QAM. Instead of supporting two parallel network operations—one digital and one analog—operators maintain and manage only a single digital network, freeing up bandwidth to support advanced services. Simulcasting with the high density SEP allows operators to reclaim distribution bandwidth and support all subscribers while realizing significant operational efficiencies and cost savings. With its advanced features, the SEP simplifies digital simulcasting and the transition to all-digital.