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Small ops can go digital, too

Wed, 05/15/2002 - 8:00pm
Duffy Hayes

For the vast number of small-scale operators out there, the road to digital is too cost-prohibitive. Many of these operators are channel-locked, and to add digital means shelling out shrinking capital for costly headend upgrades.

But a new programming delivery and back office support system just announced from WSNet aims to help this cost-constrained set of operators get there without going bankrupt.

The new WSNet DigitalFlex enables small operators to expand their lineup despite their inherent limitations on bandwidth and operational capabilities. With a minimal headend upgrade, small ops can offer over 180 digital channels through DigitalFlex, and can still have the freedom of purchasing programming directly through their existing agreements.

The DigitalFlex system is aimed at cable systems with 450 MHz or less, and is compatible with Motorola DSR and DCT series set-top receivers. Customers still can receive analog channels on sets that don't have a set-top box, while customers that do will have access to an expanded digital lineup. In the back office, DigitalFlex includes billing interfaces with major vendors, and includes set-top authorizations, deauthorizations, and pay-per-view billing.

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