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nCUBE adds network PVR capabilities

Sun, 07/20/2003 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

nCUBE Corp. has enhanced its video-on-demand platform with new network-based personal video recording capabilities.

The new nPVR application enables cable operators to capture and stream live on-demand programming in real time, the company said. Like other VOD titles and programming that is typically stored to consumer-side digital video recorder hard drives, the nPVR addition allows users to fast-forward, pause and rewind content.

nCUBE is offering its patented nPVR technology as a software upgrade alongside its existing n4x and n4 video servers and its nABLE VOD management software. nCUBE claimed its n4X server can store about one month of programming for as many 200 networks, and stream to up to 50,000 customers simultaneously.

nCUBE has yet to announce any trials or deployments for the nPVR application. The company presently has VOD deployments with MSOs such as Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Altrio Communications and Shaw Cablesytems.

nCUBE is not alone in promoting the concept of the networked PVR or its capabilities. Concurrent Computer Corp. and SeaChange International also have touted similar capabilities for their respective VOD server/system platforms. Concurrent, for example, has been marketing the technology under the Personal Video Channel (PVC) brand.

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