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ShibaSokus Converter Aids TNT Coverage of British Open

VC31MA to provide direct conversion from European HDTV to US HDTV Format (April 17, 2005)

ShibaSoku Co., Ltd., a leading developer of high quality broadcast and video equipment, announced today that Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. will utilize ShibaSokus VC31 series of multi format converters for its HD coverage of the 2005 British Open Golf Tournament on TNT this July. The compact VC31MA featuring advanced Dynamic Vector and motion compensation technologies will be used to convert outgoing signals from 625i/50 directly to 1080i/59.94, while preventing judder and resolution degradation to ensure a fluid, natural-looking broadcast. Additionally the unit will allow for conversion from European to US HD TV standards.

The VC31MA incorporates a Dynamic Vector Technology which calculates motion vectors in real time by dividing the image into blocks of 8 pixels by 8 lines. By comparing two consecutive image blocks, intermediate images can be generated by motion adaptive (both line and field) interpolation, resulting in a smooth visual transfer between fields. Multiple intermediate fields can then be calculated by shifting the position of the moving image based on the direction and magnitude of the motion. As a result, the video "stuttering" which often accompanies camera panning and the tracking of fast moving objects, is completely eliminated.

"Turner Broadcasting incorporates some of the industrys most innovative solutions to create a high-quality digital broadcast that can span global boarders," said Noboru ?Bobby Note, Vice President of Asaca/ShibaSoku. "We are pleased the VC31MA has been chosen for the broadcast of the British Open and we are confident that it is ideal for the resolution demands of TNTs HD broadcast, their viewers and their advertisers."

ShibaSoku's VC31MA can be easily mounted in a standard 2U rack for easy integration into any multi-standard demand environment. Digitally compliant with 525 D1, 625 D1 and HDTV formats using HD-SDI Interface, the VC31MA is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding customers.

Experience the VC31series during NAB at the Asaca/ShibaSoku booth #SL1426.

Measuring just 16.8W3.5"H22.4"D and weighing only 33lbs., ShibaSokus VC31 multi-standard conversion solutions are available for immediate delivery with a list prices beginning at $45,000 USD. Contact

About Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner (NYSE; TWX) company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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About ShibaSoku
Founded in 1955, the ShibaSoku Co., Ltd. has its US headquarters in Golden, Colo. A leading manufacturer of comprehensive range of high quality audio and broadcast video equipment, the company is focused on serving its worldwide market through direct sales and partnerships with leading total solutions providers.

For complete information on the VC31 family of standards converters, visit the ShibaSoku website at


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