BigBand, NDS team on DSG
BigBand Networks and NDS Group have melded minds and technologies toward a DOCSIS Set-Top Gateway (DSG) platform.
The combo, demonstrated at the recent CableLabs Winter Conference in Westminster, Colo., paired BigBand's Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) and Cuda cable modem termination system (CMTS) with NDS' hybrid IP/MPEG-2 set-top platform. The demo also featured a set-top from Quanta Network Systems (QNS) outfitted with NDS' MediaHighway middleware and VideoGuard conditional access system.
"This advanced mode DSG implementation shows the specification's value through rapid integration of hardware, software and systems design technologies of both BigBand Networks and NDS," said BigBand EVP of marketing and business development John Connelly, in a statement.
The emerging DSG platform uses standard DOCSIS signaling to deliver messages and program guide data to digital set-tops. More advanced uses of DSG could include streaming applications.