N2 Broadband integrates into Pioneer Passport

Tue, 08/31/2004 - 8:00pm

Looking to extend its video-on-demand technology reach, N2 Broadband Inc. is working to integrate its OpenStream platform into Pioneer digital set-tops that run the Motorola Broadband conditional access scheme.

By combining N2's system that can oversee VOD servers, applications and billing systems with Pioneer's set-top and Passport interactive programming guide, the two companies hope to offer an expanded choice to cable operators wanting to deploy or upgrade their VOD services. The two companies already have an OpenStream-compliant Passport version for boxes running on the Scientific-Atlanta Inc. conditional access system.

"Integrating Passport DCT with N2 Broadband's OpenStream platform is great news for everyone, combining OpenStream, one of the industry's most widely-deployed digital services platforms, with a proven interactive guide that is already in millions of homes," said Dan Ward, Pioneer's vice president of marketing and business development.


The Engineering Committee of The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has a new chairman: Charlie Kennamer.

Kennamer, vice president of digital engineering with Comcast Cable, replaces GCI Cable Chief Technology Officer Dan Pike, who has served as the committee chair since August 1997. SCTE Board of Director and Comcast Vice President of Engineering Chair Wayne Hall appointed Kennamer to the post.

In the role, Kennamer will review and select chairs for each SCTE standing committee. The SCTE Engineering Committee is responsible for all standards and recommended practice activities for the Society.


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