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Blue Ridge deploys N2 Broadband's asssset management system

Sun, 04/28/2002 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Blue Ridge Communications, an MSO that serves 175,000 subs in Pennsylvania, said it is the first cable operator to deploy N2 Broadband's MediaPoint asset management system for video-on-demand.

The MediaPoint AMS, which handles back-office and usage reporting for a variety of independent content sources, is a component of N2's On-Demand Services Network. By streamlining and automating processes tied to components such as content metadata and caching, the AMS is designed to remove the arduous prospect of managing it manually.

"The manual effort associated with managing content at the headend is time-consuming and difficult to juggle as content feeds are coming at you from numerous directions," said Blue Ridge General Manager Mark Masenheimer, in a press release. N2's MediaPoint AMS relieves "our headend personnel from the burden of this manual process."

N2 said the AMS integrates with any Asset Distribution Interface-compliant catcher, including the company's own MediaPath version, as well as catchers employed by proprietary VOD systems largely used today.

Although the current version of MediaPoint handles asset management at the local level, N2 expects to add national management and control capabilities by the third quarter of this year.

"Some MSOs are a lot less centrally managed than others," said Darryl DeFreese, an N2 co-founder and principal architect. "The AMS is being built to work in both environments."

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