Siemens said it will tap nCUBE Corp. 's on-demand technology for an interactive television pilot for Belgacom, a broadband operator based in Belgium.
The test, slated for this fall, is the first for SURPASS, a platform from Siemens that offers interactive and high-definition services over DSL lines. SURPASS will also support advanced (and more bandwidth efficient) codecs such as MPEG-4.
"nCUBE's team of engineering and professional services experts help to simplify the complexities of on-demand by pre-integrating partner segments into our interoperable platform, giving broadband operators the ability to confidently deploy their on-demand offerings faster and at the lowest total operating cost," said Terri Richardson, nCUBE's vice president, product and marketing management, in a press release.
Other Siemens SURPASS technology partners include Myrio (for the middleware), Verimatrix (for content protection), and Tandberg Television (video broadcast equipment).