(April 13, 2007)–DULUTH, Georgia–Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced its plans to showcase the COMPEL® network control system in a live VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network at the National Association of Broadcasters 2007 Convention (Booth #SU7915). The end-to-end, bi-directional demonstration will showcase live, simultaneous streaming of one standard definition (SD) and one high definition (HD) MPEG-4/h.264 video feed over an existing VSAT network to the WEGENER SMD 515 IPTV set-top box. The VSAT network operations will be provided by SDN Global.
VSAT networks traditionally use bi-directional satellite transmissions to pass data back and forth, for applications such as, credit card transactions between retail outlets and a central business office. The advent of advanced video compression technologies, particularly MPEG-4/h.264, means that VSAT networks can now carry high quality, compressed video over the same network infrastructure.
"This demonstration is designed to show that using COMPEL within a VSAT operation is a viable technology for controlling multicast video over private networks," said Ned L. Mountain, President of WEGENER. "Retail organizations that are using existing VSAT networks for bi-directional data transmissions can now dynamically manage high-quality video for in-store promotions and other digital signage applications. This also opens the door for gaming networks and smaller broadcast organizations, including religious and corporate broadcasters, to use VSAT networks as a transmission platform for video."
SDN Global, a satellite technology company based in North Carolina, will provide routing and server equipment as a crucial part of the demonstration. The SDN Global solution will stream HD and SD video content over their existing VSAT network and equipment to the WEGENER IPTV set-top. The SMD 515 IPTV set top box is a high quality IPTV device designed for receiving television programming over DSL or fiber networks. In a VSAT network, the set tops are remotely commanded to change channel by WEGENER´s COMPEL network control system. The set top boxes then decode the video for display at the receiving end, making it ideal for dynamic scheduling within point-to-multipoint VSAT delivery networks in retail and gaming environments.
"Today´s advanced VSAT technology enables transmission and control of high-quality, multicast video over standard VSAT equipment," said Dennis Ewald, Director of Business Development, SND Global. "We are pleased to be working with WEGENER on this demonstration and look forward to working together in the future."
WEGENER (WEGENER Communications, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of WEGENER Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), is an international provider of digital solutions for video, audio, and IP data networks. Applications include IP data delivery, broadcast television, cable television, radio networks, business television, distance education, business music and financial information distribution. COMPEL, WEGENER´s patented network control system, provides networks with unparalleled ability to regionalize programming and commercials. COMPEL network control capability is integrated into WEGENER digital satellite receivers. WEGENER can be reached at +1.770.814.4000 or on the World Wide Web at www.WEGENER.com.
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