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NTL Inc. is forging a common technology platform across the NTL and CWC ConsumerCo cable TV networks in Europe and the U.K. NTL has chosen Liberate software and the DOCSIS cable modem standard as the technology platform for its combined cable TV and cable modem networks.
Liberate set-top box software is already deployed in CWC ConsumerCo franchises that provide digital cable TV and interactive services, and completion of the roll-out will result in an identical software environment for NTL's UK digital cable TV operation.
The set-top box hardware alignment is being phased in over 12 months, protecting NTL's existing investment in hardware. Networks will be aligned on a similar timescale.