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Content giant Starz has selected the ARRIS DSR-7401 transcoder satellite receiver to derive standard definition programming from high definition video programming.

Starz 21 April 2017The goal is to reduce satellite network bandwidth while preparing for future content distribution technologies.

The ARRIS DSR-7401 offers a new level of density and extensibility to modernise delivery of the Starz services to affiliate operators. The DSR-7401 transcoded output is compatible with the installed base of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 SD set-top boxes and can process up to 12 services in a compact single rack unit. The DSR-7401 also supports Statistical Multiplex output, which enables operators to deliver SD services through their existing QAM networks, and includes multi-tuner capability, for simultaneously receiving and processing up to four input satellite transponder multiplexes.

For future requirements, it supports both HEVC compression and DVB-S2X modulation for launching new services such as 4K HDR programming.

ARRIS Global Services meanwhile is providing order fulfilment, distribution, registration, installation and call centre customer support.

Starz will also be deploying the new ARRIS Broadcast Network Controller 3.8 management system to remotely provision the DSR-7401 IRD's capabilities across the network — including service selection across four satellite transponders, output Statmux configuration and SD format control.

“Starz continues to invest in providing our affiliates the best entertainment experiences,” said Ray Milius, EVP, programming operations, Starz. “We chose the ARRIS DSR-7401 transcoder to lead our next phase of network development because it will support our affiliates' legacy set-tops, while enabling us to deliver today's most demanding services and preparing us for tomorrow's advanced experiences. ARRIS is a trusted partner and helped us leverage the latest technology to deliver the future of entertainment to our subscribers.”