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Coax's new technology

Thu, 03/08/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Coax Corp. has developed a new technology that boosts streaming media suppliers' capability to deliver IP content to TV.

Coax unveiled its integrated IP-MPEG media bridge as part of its development of an ultra-dense, programmable digital broadband router. According to Coax, this capability lets cable companies stream IP video to the set-top boxes already deployed. The existing set-tops use an MPEG-2 transport stream, and decodes MPEG compressed video for display on televisions. Although IP video also uses MPEG compressed video, until now, its transport has not been compatible with existing set-tops.

"Coax is the first company to be able to use the same hardware to simultaneously receive either or both IP and MPEG video and deliver MPEG-2 transport streams to digital set top boxes" said Coax's CTO Bill Darnall, in a statement.

The company says its mission is to design products that lower the cost of supplying interactive digital services to MSOs, while at the same time increase the potential for them to add more revenue generating units per subscriber.

Coax says it plans to demonstrate how its architecture can drive multiple manufacturers' set-tops boxes, each containing different conditional access algorithms, as well as show how ISPs can use the same bandwidth now used by a single ISP like RoadRunner or Excite@Home.

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