Zenith VSB Translators Extend DTV Coverage to Rural, Hard-to-Reach Areas

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Zenith Electronics Corporation

    LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- There will be
 no urban-rural "digital divide" in the delivery of digital television (DTV)
 service, thanks in large part to ATSC VSB translators from Zenith Electronics
 Corporation.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981120/CGF017 )
     Terrestrial translators -- often required to extend the range of DTV
 signals and maximize a broadcaster's coverage area -- represent a top priority
 at Zenith, which in recent months has forged alliances with a broad range of
 agricultural and other predominately rural interests to ensure that these
 Americans are an integral part of the digital television revolution.
     Partnering with a group of Utah TV broadcasters, for example, Zenith is
 helping to test and implement a strategy of linking a number of rural, and in
 some cases geographically remote, stations with their more urban counterparts.
 This in turn should help guarantee that viewers living beyond the range of
 major media markets receive a robust signal and enjoy the full benefits of
 both DTV and digital HDTV.
     Zenith's ATSC PSIP Enhanced VSB Translator offers the ability to coexist
 with adjacent channels present in the current FCC channel allotment.  By using
 a high-quality VSB front-end processor, the translator can be turned to any
 terrestrial broadcast channel.  Adjacent channels are rejected and in-band
 noise is removed by the translator, producing a clean baseband MPEG stream.
     Baseband processing enables the manipulation of the PSIP information to
 reflect the new channel assignment transmitted by the terrestrial translator
 system.  The PSIP enhanced signal is then modulated for retransmission through
 digital low-power terrestrial transmitters.
     Zenith's PSIP enhanced process alters the Virtual Channel Table to reflect
 the new physical channels for both the DTV signal and the analog signal when
 available in the PSIP stream.  This means that consumers' televisions are able
 to navigate properly using PSIP and that broadcasters have the ability to
 retain their branding and original channel identity.
     Zenith Electronics Corporation, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a
 long-time leader in consumer electronics and a primary developer of digital
 high-definition television (HDTV) technology.  Zenith developed the VSB
 digital transmission system adopted by the FCC as part of the ATSC DTV
 standard.  To assist broadcasters in the rollout of digital television
 service, Zenith offers a full line of digital broadcast products, including
 ATSC modulators, demodulators, translators and receivers.  Zenith is a wholly
 owned subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc. Visit Zenith on the World Wide Web at
 www.zenith.com .
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- There will be
 no urban-rural "digital divide" in the delivery of digital television (DTV)
 service, thanks in large part to ATSC VSB translators from Zenith Electronics
 Corporation.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981120/CGF017 )
     Terrestrial translators -- often required to extend the range of DTV
 signals and maximize a broadcaster's coverage area -- represent a top priority
 at Zenith, which in recent months has forged alliances with a broad range of
 agricultural and other predominately rural interests to ensure that these
 Americans are an integral part of the digital television revolution.
     Partnering with a group of Utah TV broadcasters, for example, Zenith is
 helping to test and implement a strategy of linking a number of rural, and in
 some cases geographically remote, stations with their more urban counterparts.
 This in turn should help guarantee that viewers living beyond the range of
 major media markets receive a robust signal and enjoy the full benefits of
 both DTV and digital HDTV.
     Zenith's ATSC PSIP Enhanced VSB Translator offers the ability to coexist
 with adjacent channels present in the current FCC channel allotment.  By using
 a high-quality VSB front-end processor, the translator can be turned to any
 terrestrial broadcast channel.  Adjacent channels are rejected and in-band
 noise is removed by the translator, producing a clean baseband MPEG stream.
     Baseband processing enables the manipulation of the PSIP information to
 reflect the new channel assignment transmitted by the terrestrial translator
 system.  The PSIP enhanced signal is then modulated for retransmission through
 digital low-power terrestrial transmitters.
     Zenith's PSIP enhanced process alters the Virtual Channel Table to reflect
 the new physical channels for both the DTV signal and the analog signal when
 available in the PSIP stream.  This means that consumers' televisions are able
 to navigate properly using PSIP and that broadcasters have the ability to
 retain their branding and original channel identity.
     Zenith Electronics Corporation, based in Lincolnshire, Ill., is a
 long-time leader in consumer electronics and a primary developer of digital
 high-definition television (HDTV) technology.  Zenith developed the VSB
 digital transmission system adopted by the FCC as part of the ATSC DTV
 standard.  To assist broadcasters in the rollout of digital television
 service, Zenith offers a full line of digital broadcast products, including
 ATSC modulators, demodulators, translators and receivers.  Zenith is a wholly
 owned subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc. Visit Zenith on the World Wide Web at
 www.zenith.com .
 
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