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AMC Networks taps Arris for video compression, transcoding over satellite

April 04, 2019 / Ben Munson

AMC Networks has formed a technology partnership with Arris as the programmer looks to update its satellite distribution architecture. The company—which runs AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv—plans to use the Arris ME-7000 and DSR-7400 video compression and transcoding solutions.The Arris ME-7000 uses HEVC compression technologies to increase video capacity over satellite transmission channels. The Arris DSR-7400 family of transcoders will allow AMC Networks to deliver services through its existing QAM networks and transcode HEVC services to MPEG-2/4 HD and SD in support of legacy set-tops. The transcoders also offer a multi-tuner capability that can simultaneously receive and process up to four input satellite transponder multiplexes. AMC is investing in a satellite architecture upgrade to better showcase and improve delivery of its programming to subscribers, said Steve Pontillo, executive vice president and CTO of technology and operations at AMC Networks, in ...