SES AMERICOM announced immediate availability of IP-PRIME
HD-4, the MPEG-4 high definition television (HDTV) service for operators
already delivering television using MPEG-2 technology. Because the MPEG-4 video
standard improves broadcast efficiency, with excellent signal quality, HD-4
gives MPEG-2 video systems the quickest route to providing subscribers HDTV
over their existing networks. The single-rack HD-4 solution can deliver 32 HD
channels within 60 days, and can easily be scaled to add more HD programming.

“SES AMERICOM has heard from dozens of MPEG-2 system
operators across the country who feel competitive pressure to change their
infrastructures so they can offer HDTV,” said Walt Davis, the IP-PRIME product
manager at SES AMERICOM. “Some of these operators are smaller telcos that
invested heavily in their MPEG-2 systems and cannot afford a wholesale change.
Because HDTV is driving new subscribers, these systems are faced with either
losing subscribers to competitors or investing money beyond their means. HD-4
solves this dilemma by giving these operators a third option which is not only
faster and less expensive, but allows operators to continuously scale their HDTV
offering with the growth in available HDTV programming.”