BSkyB buys MEMPHIS Encoders for HD Services

BskyB has purchased seven Snell & Wilcox MEMPHIS encoders to master content for its new HD services. BSkyB will use the MEMPHIS systems to create high quality HD Long GOP MPEG-2 streams which will then be stored on Omneon Sp*ctrum servers, with which MEMPHIS has been fully integrated. The Omneon servers will then playout HD content in SD, HD (720p or 1080i) or both.

The integration of MEMPHIS encoders and Sp*ctrum servers gives BskyB flexible interoperability for both playout and archiving applications.