RGB Networks says its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) has been deployed by XIT Communications, a rural telecommunications cooperative that serves six counties in Northwest Texas, to transcode the programming it receives in the MPEG-2 format into MPEG-2/H.264 that its network can deliver to subscribers.??

“Expanding our channel line-up with more HD and SD channels is important for us to stay ahead of our satellite competitors, but before RGB’s VMG we had to buy single rack unit transcoders that required frequent box upgrades whenever we wanted to add a new channel, which was clearly not cost-effective and limited our ability to expand our line-up,” said Darrell Dennis, general manager of XIT Communications, in a statement.??

As the majority of programming is still delivered to video service providers in MPEG-2, IPTV providers like XIT that use the more bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4/H.264 format must convert the programming they receive. Accomplishing this conversion across a full channel line-up in a cost-effective manner is not possible with low-capacity transcoders. RGB’s VMG, with its stream processing capacity, in-chassis module redundancy and single management system, reduces the cost and complexity to transcode a substantial number of channels.

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