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Scopus Video Networks (Tel Aviv, Israel) announced that leading Brazilian broadcasting company RMT has chosen Scopus digital networking solutions to upgrade the video distribution networks for two regional RMT television stations, TV Centro America and TV Morena. The combination of Scopus encoding, multiplexing, DVB S2 channel coding, and network management equipment has helped RMT significantly reduce its bandwidth costs and raise its quality-of-service levels for viewers throughout two large Brazilian states.
"With the Scopus solutions and their support of the DVB S2 standard, we've been able to reduce our bandwidth costs by 30 percent—in fact, we expect to see a complete return on our investment in 18 months," said Luis Botello, RMT's engineering director. "We've also seen significant improvements in service quality, and Scopus' ability to provide a reliable, turnkey solution with access to local support puts it head and shoulders above other vendors."
TV Centro America broadcasts to 120 cities in Mato Grosso state and TV Morena broadcasts to 100 cities in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Both stations are regional affiliates of TV Globo, Brazil's largest television network. Prior to installing the Scopus equipment, the stations' satellite distribution system was based on leased equipment that had become outdated and could no longer meet RMT's standards for reliability and quality of service. After evaluating multiple vendors, RMT chose a combination of equipment from Scopus, installing UE-9000 encoders, the IVG 7304 Intelligent Video Gateway, IRD-2900 integrated receiver decoders, and the NMS 4000 centralized network management system.
The Scopus solutions form the basis for a new transmission infrastructure that enables RMT to leverage the lower cost and reliability of content delivery over an IP network. Content is delivered via IP from TV Globo to TV Centro America's operations center in Cuiabá and TV Morena's center in Campo Grande. The video feeds (four channels for TV Centro America and three for TV Moreno) are received and decoded by the IRD-2900 integrated receiver decoders and then multiplexed for insertion of local content by the IVG 7304. The UE-9000 provides local content encoding for distribution to viewers' homes. The Scopus NMS 4000 provides a centralized, holistic view of each network to simplify troubleshooting and help RMT maintain consistent, high-quality transmissions.
"RMT's selection of Scopus solutions for its head-end operations in Cuiabá and Campo Grande is a real validation of the value we can bring to broadcasting networks—and it reinforces our commitment to the Latin American marketplace," said Shimon Shanor, Scopus' vice president of sales and marketing. "We're pleased that we were able to play such a significant role in RMT's upgrade to a more cost-effective, higher quality, and more reliable networking infrastructure."