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SeaChange software update weds HD, VOD

Tue, 06/15/2004 - 8:00pm
Karen Brown

SeaChange International Inc. is coming out with a new management software that promises to tie the knot between cable's hot-button products - HDTV and video-on-demand.

The Recording System 2.0 software will allow cable operators to automatically record and store multiple HD television broadcasts along with analog and standard-format digital content on VOD servers. It can automatically record broadcasts in real-time, combine them with CableLabs Inc.-compliment VOD metadata information such as program synopsis and pricing, and then deliver it to multiple VOD servers.

When added to SeaChange's Recording System VOD management product, that can greatly expand the programming lineup, particularly broadcast news and sports, according to James Kelso, SeaChange's vice president/general manager of broadband systems.

"Already proven in dozens of markets, our Recording System easily brings broadcast programming into unscheduled convenience and to more viewers," he said, in a release. "Now with HD recording, and our VOD Systems' ability to insert new ads and promotions, cable operators will create even greater value for any local and network programming."

In separate news, SeaChange also passed out a pack of awards at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando to cable operators who are doing big business in VOD streams.

Winners of the Double Platinum award for serving up more than 1 million VOD streams per month were Cablevision and Comcast. Platinum award winners, recognizing systems that have reached the 1 million VOD streams monthly mark, include Time Warner Cable's Syracuse East, Kansas City and San Antonio divisions.

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