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Triveni Digital and LARCAN Join Forces

Triveni Digital announced a partnership with LARCAN to provide a digital transmission solution for low-power TV stations.

Triveni Digital, a subsidiary of LG Electronics, announced a partnership with LARCAN to provide a digital transmission solution for low-power TV stations.

"This is a tough time for low-power television. These stations play a critical role by providing a wide range of educational, community service, and spiritual programming; yet, many lack the means to invest in the expensive equipment required for digital transmissions," said Ralph Bachofen, senior director of product management and marketing at Triveni Digital, in a statement. "As a result, they're feeling strong pressure from the upcoming U.S. mandate for digital conversion. Although low-power stations are exempt from the mandate, their analog signals will be blocked by most of the converters being purchased by viewers to enable digital reception via older television sets."

Triveni Digital and LARCAN teamed up to develop the LARCAN Plus system to offer a suite of integrated products specifically designed for the digital requirements of low-power broadcasters.

"In many cases, these stations will need technical expertise, so we aimed to design a compact, preconfigured system that would not only be affordable and simple to operate, but would also met all FCC requirements for a compliant ATSC signal," said Scott Barella, vice president of business development and technology for LARCAN.

The LARCAN Plus system, which combines Triveni Digital's Guidebuilder PSIP generator with LARCAN's Octane MPEG encoder-multiplexer, Pulse Digital LPTV exciter, and digital transmitter encompass a plug-and-play low-power digital transmission solution, company officials said.

"Guidebuilder was the perfect choice to fill the niche for a component to generate PSIP information tables," adds Barella. "We recognized early on that [Triveni Digital] would have the technical resources and understanding to help us accomplish the objectives of LARCAN Plus."

LARCAN Plus is available from LARCAN. Pricing was not immediately available.



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