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The Fujitsu IP-9500e MPEG-4 AVC Encoder Facilitates Launch for CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in High Definition


Fujitsu Encoder Coupled with Sencore Decoder Enables Delivery of High-Quality, Low Latency HD Feeds Using Half the Bandwidth Required for MPEG-2 Transmissions.

Sunnyvale, CA — Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products and broadcast solutions, today announced that CBS News is using the Fujitsu IP-9500e MPEG-4 AVC encoder as part of the HD rollout of the Evening News with Katie Couric. CBS News is using the IP-9500e at its Washington, D.C. bureau to deliver multiple HD feeds to its new HD Control Room 47 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. The combination of the Fujitsu IP-9500e and Sencore MRD3187A Decoder creates the lowest latency of any available MPEG-4 AVC codec. The 300-millisecond encoder/decoder latency enables CBS News to conduct live interviews with exceptional HD picture quality while using less than half the network bandwidth required for traditional MPEG-2 transmissions.

This deployment continues the CBS News rollout of HD for contribution feeds. The network used the IP-9500e to broadcast the 2008 Presidential State of the Union Address in HD, marking the first time CBS used HD MPEG-4 AVC compression for a network contribution feed. CBS News also plans to use Fujitsu encoders for coverage of the Republican and Democratic Presidential Nominating Conventions as well as for the Presidential Inauguration. In addition, the network plans to implement the Fujitsu HD encoder at its London studio later this summer to facilitate HD feeds from that location.

“With increasing consumer demand for popular televsion news programs to be broadcasted in HD, Fujitsu is honored to continue to work with CBS News to help deliver the highest quality HD programming possible for their audiences,” said Vic Herring, senior director, new products group, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

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