Profile: Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc (BDR.A)
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (Blonder Tongue), incorporated on November 17, 1988, is a technology-development and manufacturing company that delivers television signal encoding, transcoding, digital transport and broadband product solutions for a range of applications. The markets the Company serves include cable television systems, multi-dwelling units, the lodging/hospitality market and institutional systems, including hospitals, prisons and schools. The Company’s manufacturing is allocated primarily between its facility in Old Bridge, New Jersey and a key contract manufacturer located in the People’s Republic of China. The Company manufactures most of its digital products, including the latest encoder and EdgeQAM collections at its New Jersey facility.
On February 1, 2012, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC (RLD), acquired s all of the assets of R. L. Drake, LLC (Seller). The assets acquired from Seller include assets used in manufacturing and delivering electronic communications solutions for cable television systems, digital television reception, video signal distribution and digital video encoding, including equipment, supplies and other tangible personal property, inventory, accounts receivable, business records, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.
Analog Video Headend Products used by a system operator for signal acquisition, processing and manipulation to create an analog channel lineup for further transmission. Among the products offered by the Company in this category are integrated receiver/decoders (IRD’s), modulators, demodulators, channel combiners and processors. It is the central location where multiple channels are initially received, converted and allocated to specific channels for analog distribution. In some cases, where the signal is transmitted in encrypted form or digitized and compressed, a receiver will also be required to decode the signal. Analog Video Headend Products accounted for approximately 26% of the Company’s revenues in 2011.
Digital Video Headend Products used by a system operator for acquisition, processing and manipulation of digital video signals. The Company’s digital product offerings include the EdgeQAM collection and the high definition (HD) encoder collection, which includes a line of HD and secure digital moving picture experts group (SD MPEG-2) encoders and multiplexers. This trend is expected to be continued in 2012 with addition of H.264 encoders. The other digital products provided by Blonder Tongue include the Quadrature Phase Shift Key (QPSK) to quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) transcoders, digital QAM up-converters and multiplexers and digital 8-level vestigial sideband (8VSB)/QAM HD television processors for delivery of HD television programming and agile QAM modulators.
EdgeQAM devices accept Ethernet input and capture moving picture experts group (MPEG) over Internet protocol (IP) transport streams, decrypt service provider conditional access or content protection, and insert conditional access, such as Pro:Idiom, into the stream. The QPSK to QAM transcoders (QTM Series) are used for deploying or adding a satellite-based digital programming tier of digital or HDTV digital programming. Digital Video Headend Products accounted for approximately 34% of the Company’s revenues in 2011.
HFC Distribution Products used to transport signals from the headend to their ultimate destination in a home, apartment unit, hotel room, office or other terminal location along a fiber optic, coax or hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) distribution network. Among the products offered by the Company in this category are broadband amplifiers, directional taps, splitters and wall outlets for coax distribution and fiber optic transmitters, receivers (nodes), and couplers. In cable television systems, the HFC distribution products are either mounted on exterior telephone poles or encased in pedestals, vaults or other security devices. In private cable systems the distribution system is enclosed within the walls of the building (if a single structure) or added to an existing structure using various techniques to hide the coax cable and devices. HFC Distribution products accounted for approximately 18% of the Company’s revenues in 2011.
There are a variety of other products that the Company sells. The Company’s other products include Digital Transition, which provides system operators the means to adapt to the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) mandated transition in broadcast television from analog to digital signals; Addressable, which is engaged in controlling access to analog programming at the subscriber’s location; Reception, which receives off-air broadcast television and satellite transmissions prior to headend processing; Internet, which provides broadband Internet access over a HFC network; Technical Services, which include hands-on training, system design engineering, on-site field support and complete system verification testing, and Miscellaneous, which consists of filling customers needs for satellite distribution, test equipment, and parts.
Blonder Tongue Laboratories Inc
One Jake Brown Road,
PO Box 1000
OLD BRIDGE NJ 08857