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TANDBERG Television Accelerates Video Compression Lead with Innovation Packed NAB Demonstrations.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Shows early benefits of SkyStream integration

Advances solutions for HDTV and IPTV with HD PiP and low bit-rate HDTV

Completes MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD delivery chain with new content exchange and newsgathering systems

TANDBERG Television (OSE:TAT) today announced that its NAB stands will feature a number of video compression technology innovations that accelerate the company's lead in the global standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and SMPTE VC-1 video head-end market.

TANDBERG Television comes to NAB with expanded compression capabilities thanks to the recent purchase of SkyStream. The acquisition combines two highly complementary, best-in-class technology lines, providing TANDBERG Television with increased encoding density and new transcoding solutions. In turn, SkyStream can now harness TANDBERG Television's engineering critical mass to deliver premium SD video quality and HD AVC encoding. At NAB, both companies will show early integration results as part of their live demonstrations. The SkyStream iPlex/Mediaplex products will feature as part of the new iSIS 8000 IP head-end system launch on the TANDBERG Television booth (#SU1164). Moreover, the TANDBERG HD MPEG-4 AVC encoder will be demonstrated on the SkyStream booth (#SL2987).

In addition, a series of new NAB TANDBERG Television compression launches will deliver increased picture quality and enable a diverse range of digital video applications, including:

HD and SD Picture-in-Picture - TANDBERG Television is showcasing its latest developments in picture-in-picture (PiP) technology that increase operator options for real consumer benefits, such as enabling second channel live viewing, advanced video mosaics, next-evolution video programming guides, user configurable multi-view screens and the simultaneous delivery of content to mobile, handheld or web streaming devices.

TANDBERG Television is already shipping SD PiP in its MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 encoders. At NAB, the company will launch PiP capability on its HD encoders, delivering outstanding quality and 3-in-1 resolution choices with its EN5990 encoder being able to output MPEG-4 AVC HD main video (either 720p or 1080i), "HD-PIP" which is user selectable with resolutions from 192x192, SIF through to full resolution SD running between 256Kbit/s -> 5Mbit/s and "Micro-PIP" with 96x96 (PAL) / 96x80 (NTSC) resolution. This ability to deliver a full resolution SD version of the HD channel opens up several possibilities for broadcasters and operators and enables a number of HD user multiview applications. With HD source in and both HD and SD versions of the same channel out, SD only subscribers would get a chance to see the HD channel content.

Over 500 channels of MPEG-4 AVC HDTV - The TANDBERG EN5990 MPEG-4 AVC HD encoding system is already enabling North American DTH providers, including DIRECTV, to deliver hundreds of channels of HD programming. In working systems at NAB, TANDBERG Television will push the HD boundaries further, reducing the lower limit on its HD statistically multiplexed head-end demonstration down to 1 Mbit/s to deliver a six channel HD statistical multiplexing system operating at 40Mbit/s with each service at full resolution 1920x1080i.

IP Head-end - NAB will see TANDBERG Television move its IP strategy forward with the launch of a complete IP-based system designed to change the face of IP video head-ends in both contribution and distribution networks and in large and small scale DTH cable, satellite, terrestrial and telco platforms. The iSIS 8000 IP system includes best-in-class MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 video encoding and transcoding, IP multiplexing and new receiver/decoders, all based on over five years of IP development at TANDBERG Television, and brought together under a single control and management system, nCompass.

Content Exchange - TANDBERG Television is taking SD and HD MPEG-4 AVC into the content exchange world with new solutions for HD MPEG-4 AVC satellite and electronic newsgathering. In addition, the NAB launch of the world's first professional multi-format MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD decoder, the RX1290, enables network operators and broadcasters to deliver content from studio to studio and across networks to regional head-ends and affiliates.

MPEG-2 Premium Quality - NAB will also see TANDBERG Television continue to deliver industry leading picture quality and bandwidth savings across its SD and HD MPEG-2 encoder range with a number of new features. These include encoder support for SMPTE 302-2002 PCM audio, SMPTE 334M closed caption support for SD and HD and the launch of HD multipass encoding for improved statistical multiplexing performance. TANDBERG Television will also show increased integration with Triveni Digital PSIP Generation solutions, jointly deployed in a large number of ATSC stations. Greater system synchronization will ensure configuration changes made in the multiplexer are carried through to the Triveni GuideBuilder PSIP generator so that PSIP information is remapped accordingly during channel lineup changes without manual intervention by the operator. In addition, for higher system reliability, PSIP information generated by Triveni Digital GuideBuilder will be inserted into the multiplexer where it will be carouselled for playout, protecting against the event of a failure with the GuideBuilder.

"Video compression is at the heart of our business. As the global leader in video head-end shipments we are proud of our heritage of industry firsts in the compression business and excited by the future. At NAB we will show a range of new products and features for MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 that are designed to ensure that our customers can deliver the best possible picture quality in the most efficient bit-rates and launch exciting new video services," says Eric Cooney, President and CEO of TANDBERG Television.

About TANDBERG Television

Whether it's advanced compression systems, on-demand or interactive television, TANDBERG Television delivers the technology and expertise that is moving digital video forward. The company's award-winning solutions are used by the world's leading network operators, broadcasters and content owners to deliver new viewer experiences and advertising opportunities. With a broad suite of open, standards-based products, TANDBERG Television offers the highest quality digital TV solutions including IPTV, HDTV, video-on-demand, advertising on-demand, and interactive TV applications to customers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. For more information, please visit
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