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TMCNet:  The Weather Channel selects ARRIS's DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 IRDs

[December 03, 2013]

The Weather Channel selects ARRIS's DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 IRDs

Dec 03, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) -- ARRIS Group, Inc., a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has announced that The Weather Channel has selected the ARRIS DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 integrated receiver decoders, or IRDs, to optimize its network.


"Millions of people around the US consistently access The Weather Channel for news, updates and their latest weather forecasts from anywhere, any time and on any device," said George Lott, vice president of localization and broadcast engineering, The Weather Channel. "We've worked with ARRIS for years and knew they were ideal to help us optimize bandwidth utilization and ready our network for delivery of more personalized services to the consumer." The Weather Channel is upgrading its satellite network using ARRIS MPEG-4 SE-6000 encoders and IRDs to address immediate needs for network capacity for more regionalized data, as well as future unique content experiences. The multi-format IRDs enables MPEG-4 distribution via satellite to affiliates and offers backward compatibility with legacy systems. The overall distribution system increases satellite throughput and future-proofs The Weather Channel brand for the delivery of more personalized services to their customers' TV sets and connected devices.

"The Weather Channel stands in an ideal position to offer unique content experiences to deliver to consumers their media, their way," said Bruce McClelland, president, network & cloud, global services, ARRIS. "We worked closely with The Weather Channel to bolster their network for greater bandwidth optimization and flexible MPEG-4 distribution capabilities. Our flexible solution enables The Weather Channel to offer more personalized, localized services in the future." The ARRIS DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 IRDs decode MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 services over QPSK and DVB-S2 8PSK modulation. The IRDs replace legacy analog and MPEG2 infrastructure, and will deliver simultaneous video and audio, as well as provide robust set of data decapsulation features.

The overall ARRIS solution enables more content on more devices by increasing available bandwidth, optimizes current infrastructure, and enables future applications for tomorrow's entertainment experiences.

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