RGB Tackles Telco TV

Video-processing equipment vendor RGB Networks is targeting telephone companies with a “carrier-class” headend product that supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding formats.

The Modular Video Processor (MVP) supports various applications and features RGB has developed for its MPEG-2 products, including the ability to switch and groom custom channel lineups using content from multiple program sources and inserting local advertisements into programs.

The MVP can incorporate up to 12 individual processing or video-interface modules in a 13-rack-unit chassis. Each video-processing module is capable of processing “hundreds” of programs simultaneously, according to RGB. The system also provides failover capabilities and component redundancies, including redundant power supplies, and is compliant with the telco industry’s NEBS (Network Equipment Building Systems) Level 3 standard.

RGB vice president of product marketing Ramin Farassat said the MVP will enter trials later this year and will be shipping in early 2008. The company hasn’t set pricing.