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New MediaStar LAN-Caster Brings SD and HD Terrestrial and Satellite Streams to the IP Network

Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV distribution solutions is launching new products in its Evolution LAN-Caster range. The LAN-Caster streams live news, sport, entertainment and information in both SD and HD from digital terrestrial and digital satellite channels into the LAN.

The new product line-ups, Evolution LAN-Caster DVB-T/T2 (Terrestrial) and DVB-S/S2 (Satellite), will feature a DVB-CAM slot for single or multiple channel decryption per single MUX, and within each MUX will deliver up to 15 concurrent TV and/or radio channels. The new solutions will enable users to deliver to the LAN a range of 2, 8 or 12 concurrent encrypted SD and HD channels from one single unit.

The MediaStar Evolution DVB-T/T2 line-up includes the 783-T; 783-T-CI (with DVD-CI); 783-T2; 783-T2-CI and the 783-T to T2 Upgrade. Customers and resellers can purchase a low cost entry-level DVB satellite or DVB terrestrial blade and upgrade it to take advantage of HD TV, and where available, Pay TV channels. The DVB-S/S2 line up comprises the 784-S2; 784-S2-CI (with DVD-CI); and the 784-S2-CI Upgrade. Both base products can also be upgraded to support the CAM module, DVB-CI.

“The great advantage of these features is that they reduce the project costs per channel by maximising the 15 channel count per device and with prices starting from £1295 and upgrades under £150 they represent incredible value,” comments Mike Cuckow, Sales Director, EMEA & Asia Pacific, Cabletime. “There is full flexibility to move between multiplex to access available channels via our SIP IP API commands.”

The LAN-Caster is designed to receive the digital terrestrial or satellite signal off-air DVB signals and to extract the digital data out of the MPEG-2 stream so it can be re-packetised in a format suitable for transmission over an IP-based network. Channels can be selected according to user preference and both new products will feature auto configuration through the MediaStar Media Manager enterprise software.

Another key feature of the DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2 products is that they provide full support for third party API control options, including AMX Netlinks™ and Crestron QM-RMC™ through the RS232/USB port. Users can, therefore, extend their control system options and reduce hardware costs by using the ports on each Evolution LAN-Caster. The control system commands are passed through the RS232 ports and on to the MER control peripherals with full support for any command response.

Password protection and enablement coding that provides the option to field upgrade is included; the new products also feature front panel setup and configuration; and an integrated IR Blaster provides optional MER equipment control.

“The new LAN-Caster line up offers flexibility, upgrade options and the reassurance of MediaStar’s robust, proven technology, to ensure customers can take advantage of the growing number of digital SD and HD channels,” said Mike Cuckow. “Suitable for applications ranging from banking, financial institutions and international corporate organisations through to retail outlets, stadia and hotels, the new products will ensure that audiences across the IP network receive the highest quality SD and HD broadcasts.”

The MediaStar range, which has a strong, established heritage, includes TV/AV and multimedia delivery products for use over Cat-5/UTP and IP infrastructures, providing solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

Note to editors:
With over 25 years experience in developing hardware and software video delivery systems, Cabletime is a leading manufacturer of TV over IP and TV over Cat-5/UTPmultimedia delivery products for new and existing infrastructures. Providing solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage, Cabletime has over 3,000 installations worldwide and sells through partners inEMEA, USA, Asia, Japan, and Asia Pacific.

Its MediaStar range of products include MediaStar Evolution for efficient delivery of video and multimedia over IP networks, MediaStar Compact, the unique way to distribute and manage TV/AV delivery for small office environments over Cat-5/UTP, and for medium to large sized companies, the ultimate answer to managed delivery of TV and AV using Cat-5/UTP, MediaStar Pro. The MediaStar system offers both off-LAN and IP delivery mechanisms and supports a variety of endpoints including plasma screens, monitors, televisions, touch screen controllers, and PC workstations.

The MediaStar range serves the retail, publishing, hospitality, sports, healthcare, educational, and government sectors, amongst others, and delivers robust versatility and scalability in a comprehensive hardware and software solution.

Cabletime has offices in Newbury, Berkshire and in Mount Arlington, New Jersey.

Further information about Cabletime and MediaStar can be found at www.cabletime.com

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