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BET programming goes HD

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Apr 2009 18:17 User comments (5)

BET programming goes HD BET (Black Entertainment Television) has announced that they have begun using Motorola's MPEG-4 AVC encoding system to deliver their broadcasts in HD.
The programming will be distributed via satellite using Motorola's SE-5100 HD video encoder. The network decided to use MPEG-4 instead of MPEG-2 as it would save satellite bandwidth.

All affiliates will receive the content using Motorola's DSR-6050, which can transcode MPEG-4 HD content in MPEG-2 for cable subscribers that do not have HD set top boxes.

"We have enjoyed excellent video quality and reliability using Motorola DigiCipher II over many years,"
added BET senior vice president of technology and operations Deidre Jackson. "Being able to merge this easily with Motorola's new MPEG-4 HD equipment has made this transition to HD transmission seamless for us."

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5 user comments

121.4.2009 19:47

Of course it's late to the HD party.

(That was a joke, of course.)

222.4.2009 1:03

Originally posted by nintenut:
Of course it's late to the HD party.

(That was a joke, of course.)
LOL

322.4.2009 8:33

I don't know why all providers would get the signal in mpeg-4 then convert it to mpeg-2... Sat providers (especially Dish network since they are already broadcasting BET in HD)provide an mpeg-4 signal to their customers. Seems like it would be a long way around to go mpeg-4 to mpeg-2 back to mpeg-4...

422.4.2009 9:13

TV's take MPEG-2. So unless you have a box, you cannot get the MPEG-4.

522.4.2009 13:13

Originally posted by gallagher:
TV's take MPEG-2. So unless you have a box, you cannot get the MPEG-4.
Of course, but the article said that all providers will use the Motorola DSR-6050 to convert it Mpeg-2. I was just saying that not all providers would do this. It seems they have edited the article since I made my comment though.

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