Time Warner Cable's Southwest Division has picked nCUBE Corp. for its video-on-demand launches in El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas, which serve a combined 65,000 digital subscribers.
Matching a growing trend, the MSO also has opted to deploy Gigabit Ethernet as its transport platform in those cities instead of traditional methods such as direct QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and ASI (asynchronous serial interface). GigE, which can pump out a theoretical data transfer rate of 1,000 megabits per second, is known to be a high capacity and less expensive transport platform when compared to legacy methods such as ASI.
Time Warner Cable expects to launch VOD services in El Paso and Corpus Christi in early 2003.
It doesn't mark the first time that the MSO has opted to use GigE to support its VOD efforts. The company also uses the technology in Birmingham, Ala.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Kansas City, Mo., which use SeaChange International Inc. VOD servers and systems. Time Warner Cable also uses GigE in nCUBE-based VOD systems such as Green Bay, Wis. and Jackson/Monroe, Miss.