Latest HD and SD Encoders, Multi-Tuner, QAM STBs With PVR, and miniCMTS on Display to Customize CONDOR Headend and Enhance Operator Service Offerings
January 19, 2015 San Diego, California
Pico Digital, a worldwide leader in providing comprehensive multi-media delivery solutions to customers in the broadband, satellite, cable, and broadcast markets, today announced that the company will be exhibiting its CONDOR cable TV headend system and set-top box platform at the National Cable Television Cooperative's (NCTC) Winter Education Conference (WEC), taking place January 26-27 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. In booth 410, Pico Digital will also be highlighting a wide range of products for customizing the CONDOR system to meet any operator's needs- including its latest HD and SD encoders, multi-tuner, QAM set-top boxes with PVR, and mini cable modem termination system (miniCMTS).
At WEC 2015, cable operators who have struggled to transition away from analog TV or dead-end digital technologies will see how they can give their subscribers the digital media experience they expect at a much lower cost than they imagined with Pico Digital's CONDOR platform. An affordable solution for cable systems of every size, the upgradeable CONDOR system allows operators to efficiently convert to an all-digital solution to meet their subscribers' entertainment and connectivity needs - such as HDTV channels, secure adult entertainment, and high-speed broadband Internet - while enabling the simple addition of new services over time with Pico Digital's future-proof middleware.
Also on display will be Pico Digital's PD1000 HD encoder modulation system and SDQ6 six-channel SD encoder and QAM modulator. Each cost-effective, high-density encoder packs powerful, efficient performance in a compact 1-RU chassis. The units offer integrated support for Emergency Alert System (EAS) and closed-captioning functionality, and they provide PSIP virtual mapping of each channel. The devices can be remotely controlled and monitored via an easy-to-use Web interface.
Highlighted set-top boxes will include Pico Digital's VMX1-1, VMX3-1, and HD-2 HD QAM set-top boxes. Allowing operators to transition to digital at a minimal cost, the units descramble Verimatrix-encrypted signals from the CONDOR headend and convert HD content to analog for display on legacy TVs. The set-top boxes offer HDMI and composite outputs, PVR/ media player capabilities, and Electronic Program Guide (EPG) support. The VMX1-1 and VMX3-1 are equipped with single and triple tuners, respectively. The units can also be used for clear QAM applications.
Pico Digital's miniCMTS allows smaller cable operators to bolster their service offering by cost-effectively delivering high-speed data services to subscribers. The low-cost unit supports up to 400 DOCSIS 2.0 modems, or 250 DOCSIS 3.0 plus 150 DOCSIS 2.0 modems. The miniCMTS offers 16 downstream bonded channels for up to 800-Mbps downstream and 4 upstream channels offering 120-Mbps upstream data delivery.
More information about Pico Digital's miniCMTS200a is available at www.picodigital.com
About Pico Digital
Pico Digital is an international telecommunications technology company serving radio and television broadcasters, content providers, hospitality, and commercial markets in more than 30 countries. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the company is privately held and dedicated to developing best-in-class communication products, systems, and services. Pico Digital products are designed and manufactured in San Diego, California. Additional information about Pico Digital Inc. is available at www.picodigital.com