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Desert Sky Digital Satellite Finds a Bright Star in Scopus CODICO® Encoders and Receivers



Princeton, New Jersey, November 22, 2004 Scopus Network Technologies today announced that Desert Sky Digital Satellite is using Scopus E-1500 DENG encoder/modulators, IRD-2800 receivers, and IRD-2600 receivers to provide production and digital KU uplink services to broadcast clients throughout the Southwest United States. Desert Sky’s advanced hybrid uplink/production truck is used by clients for a variety of live entertainment and sports, including trial coverage, capture of live concerts for television broadcast or live Internet streaming, and a broad range of amateur and professional sports events.

“A few years ago when we were in the process of researching digital equipment, we rented encoders, decoders, and receivers from Scopus and virtually every other manufacturer,” said Mitchell Pietz, operations manager at Desert Sky Digital Satellite. “When the time came to buy, Scopus was the obvious solutions choice, offering products with built-in features rather than options, and wider bandwidth than is standard. Our experience has been that they are easier to use and more dependable than other equipment. In fact, Scopus gear is so reliable that when our competitors have a big show, they rent our encoders for their trucks.”

Desert Sky’s uplink truck is outfitted with Scopus CODICO encoders and receivers, as well as advanced cameras and solid-state Ku amplifiers. Scopus’ IRD-2800 and E-1500 systems are installed in the uplink truck, and Pietz sends his IRD-2600 receivers out to clients who haven’t yet made the jump to digital.

The E-1500, IRD-2800, and IRD-2600 are all part of Scopus’ CODICO® platform for encoding and receiving video signals. Scopus’ E-1500 DENG encoder/modulator represents a major technology advancement in support of digital electronic news gathering, enabling greater coverage of local events primarily for local content generation and re-transmission. The IRD-2800 is a professional integrated receiver decoder with 4:2:0/4:2:2 decoding profile, SDI output, and embedded audio. Scopus’ IRD-2600 is a professional receiver/decoder rich in variety of video, audio and customizable options, based on MPEG-2 and DVB standards, ensuring an interoperable solution.



About Desert Sky Digital Satellite
Desert Sky Digital Satellite provides digital KU uplink services and production trucks to the broadcast television industry in the western and southwest United States. Founded in 1996 by Mitchell and Sandie Pietz, who were later joined by company president Ben Marshall, the company offers its clients Ku uplink transmission, engineering services, design, maintenance, and system integration services, as well as start-to-finish support – overseeing camera crews, lighting, and even transportation, catering and accommodations. Desert Sky has offices in Los Angeles, Ca, and in Prescott, AZ. For more information, visit www.SatTruck.com.

About Scopus Network Technologies
Scopus Network Technologies provides MPEG-2 and DVB video distribution architectures that enable broadcasters, cable TV providers, and telco operators to transmit their content digitally. Built on more than 20 years in digital compression system development, Scopus solutions provide superior flexibility with exceptional performance at cost-effective prices. The CODICO® product line of encoders, multiplexers, trans-raters, and professional receivers supports comprehensive, end-to-end digital compression for video and data distribution networks. The company was the official supplier of the digital platform for the U.S. NBC broadcast of the 2004 Athens Olympics Games.

Scopus clients include global satellite broadcasters and cable television and telco operators such as CBS Newspath, CCTV, Deutsche Telekom, Doordarshan, EBU, FOX News, France Telecom, GlobeCast, Korea Telecom, MultiChoice, NBC Olympics, SES GLOBAL, SKY Italia, and others.

Scopus has offices in Princeton (N.J.), Mexico City, Mumbai, Beijing, Moscow, Frankfurt, London, São Paulo, Singapore, and Tel Aviv. For more information please visit the Scopus Web site at: www.scopus.net.

Дата: 2004-11-22