C-SPAN was created by the cable industry to cover Washington and national politics, so what better forum than The Cable Show, hosted in the nation’s capitol, to announce an upgrade to all-digital broadcasting?
Motorola has the news out today that C-SPAN will be using Motorola encoders and satellite receivers to transition from analog services to digital. Initially the programmer will use Motorola’s MPEG-2 standard-definition encoders and DSR4410 satellite receivers to offer digital services starting this June. After that, C-SPAN will upgrade to Motorola’s MPEG-4 high-definition encoders and MPEG-4/MPEG-2 transcoding receivers for broadcasting in HD.
From the press release:
Motorola has deployed more than 2,500 digital headends in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 as well as hundreds of satellite uplinks and thousands of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoding channels.