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Two cablecos trial Ucentric's multiTV PVR

Mon, 10/29/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Comcast Corp. and Rogers Cable are working on trials of Ucentric Systems' network-based personal video recorder technology. Comcast is conducting technical trials and Rogers will phase the PVR technology into an in-progress iTV trial, a spokeswoman says.

Ucentric's PVR works on its home-networking software platform, and lets consumers hook up PVR capabilities on all the home's TVs via one piece of hardware in the home, the company says.

The platform consists of an operating system, applications services framework and applications designed to power such home-networking electronics as set-top boxes and media services.

Rogers has a two-phase trial underway, says Ucentric spokeswoman Paula Giancola. Since last summer, the cableco has been conducting iTV system trials in 50 households in the Ajax-Pickering area of Toronto. It will phase in the PVR technology over the next four to six weeks to trials in another 50 homes in the same area, she says.

Comcast is conducting technical trials in its lab in Philadelphia, Giancola says. The PVR technology will be phased in to those ongoing trials during the next eight weeks, she says. If successful, those will go to field trials, details of which are still undetermined.

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