Evolution Digital has partnered with R.L. Drake to provide a solution for transitioning to all digital. A recent breakthrough in MPEG encoding by R.L. Drake allows high quality MPEG-4/2 local encoding which allows operators to provide virtual channel numbering that is equivalent to their analog service.

Drake has developed a PC-based solution to provide virtual channel mapping, EAS support and DTA code download support for Evolution Digital universal digital terminal adapters (uDTAs). This ClearQAM solution will minimize cable operators’ headend engineering and technical support needs.

“It does no good to provide inexpensive bandwidth on network side if a low-cost device were not available to display the content on the premise side,” said Andy Ruffin, VP/sales for R.L. Drake, in a statement. “It is also not feasible for most independent cable operators to purchase an expensive DAC controller or to pay transport and management fees on DTA set-top boxes. This partnership delivers operators an affordable, sensible solution for bandwidth reclamation.”

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