The Blonder Tongue HDE-8C-QAM for DIRECTV (MPEG-2 HD Encoder: 8xComponent/Composite to 4xQAM) accepts up to eight (8) analog programs from any of the following inputs: 8xComponent and 8xComposite. The encoder is equipped with a spare input (9th input) to replace any one (1) of the primary eight (8) inputs in the event of a failure. The encoder digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes each input into a high-definition stream, multiplexes the resulting eight (8) streams, and then modulates them onto four (4) adjacent QAM channels in the 54-1002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). Any one (1) of the four (4) QAM outputs is also available in ASI format. The encoder (i) accepts eight (8) analog programs from DIRECTV Network’s H25-100 satellite receivers, (ii) automatically switches over to any of the primary eight (8) receivers in the event of failure to maintain the program stream, and (iii) provides remote monitoring and control of up to nine (9) DIRECTV Network’s H25-100 satellite receivers through UPnP protocol using a standard Web browser via a rear-panel 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection.