IDC debuts new IPTV services gateway for satellite operators at NAB

International Datacasting Corporation is rolling out a suite of products at NAB next week that it said will allow satellite operators to offer IPTV services.

Its IDC Digital Tattoo portfolio allows operators to offer Ethernet-based content distribution within Multiple Dwelling Units (MDUs), including apartment buildings, hotels, campuses and gated communities, which, it said, can help DTH satellite operators the ability to expand their customer base for existing services and to extend the range of services they offer.

The play centers on the Tattoo Gateway, a high density, multi-transponder satellite-to-IP converter designed specifically for the MDU market. A single rack unit Tattoo Gateway can process up to 8 transponders of satellite content and convert it to Gigabit Ethernet for distribution within the MDU.

The gateway also is conditional access (CA) transparent, allowing DTH operators to keep their content encrypted all the way to the subscriber's set-top box. Operators can use either an IDC-supplied IP STB, or their own hybrid Satellite/IP STB, and offer MDU subscribers the same linear content offering as their existing DTH subscribers.

Operators can expand their service offering with content delivered by satellite to a micro video server within the MDU, which can be used to provide video on demand. Content is delivered and managed using IDC's Centient media aware CDN platform. It remains encrypted and is accessed via the Digital Tattoo service portal and streamed over the MDU Ethernet network to residents' STBs.

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