Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has announced the DSR-6300 — the industry's first commercial receiver/decoder to deliver three-channel MPEG-4 to MPEG-2 HD transcoding.
The DSR-6300 enables cable operators to increase HD throughput by as much as 50 percent, while offering satellite operators greater flexibility in packaging HD services to their affiliates. As a result, cable video consumers will benefit from increased HD channel choices. The DSR-6300 features Motorola's Emmy award-winning, high-quality, closed-loop statistical multiplexing, which dynamically allocates the optimal bandwidth to each program using Motorola patented video complexity analysis. This process provides appropriate and timely bit rate adjustments to services as video becomes more or less difficult to encode. As a result, as many as three HD services can be efficiently delivered to the home in QAM-friendly transport bitrates, significantly increasing the number of services that can be delivered over a standard cable 256-QAM feed. The DSR-6300 simultaneously uses the in-band active format descriptor to translate input HD services to an appropriate SD service with proper apect ratio and resolution. This will allow programmers to migrate to HD-only distribution strategies, further freeing up valuable satellite bandwidth for delivering even more HD services. The DSR-6300 extends Motorola's transcoding IRD portfolio that includes the DSR-6050, which is deployed by many North American programmers to reduce HD bandwidth requirements up to 75 percent through advanced modulation and MPEG-4 video encoding. The DSR-6050 transcodes MPEG-4 HD content into a MPEG-2 format for legacy cable subscribers with MPEG-2 STBs.