Today is clearly the day for video processing news. In addition to this morning’s announcement of Motorola’s new bandwidth-saving satellite receiver, I have sneak peek information on another product to be highlighted at The Cable Show. The Motorola CAP-1000 CherryPicker platform is getting an application update. The new application provides a dedicated low-latency statmuxing capability targeted specifically for optimizing VOD bandwidth.
Breaking down the industry jargon, the CAP-1000 will now allow operators to increase the number of VOD programs in a single QAM channel by up to 50 percent.
As mentioned in this morning’s post, statmuxing is a fancy way of describing technology that dynamically allocates bandwidth as needed. In the video delivery chain the CAP-1000 ‘s work happens down the line from the processing work done by the new DSR-6300. However, the goal of both is the same: optimize the network for better bandwidth usage. Better bandwidth usage means more VOD and HD content.
For historical context, the most recent version of the CherryPicker CAP-1000 was launched at The Cable Show last year and configured for ad insertion with the Motorola B3 video server. It does MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 rate shaping in addition to enabling hundreds of ads to be digitally inserted at the same time.
One final note: I’m assured that the bandwidth improvements Motorola is introducing completely maintain video quality. The demos on the show floor should illustrate that.