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C-COR, OpenTV switch it up

Mon, 04/10/2006 - 4:09am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

C-COR Inc. and OpenTV Corp. are getting into the switched digital broadcast (SDB) video business.

The companies, which will compete in the sector with vendors such as BigBand Networks and Scientific Atlanta, claim their version is the “first open architecture” for SDB.

The combo, which is being demonstrated this week, features OpenTV’s Core 2.0 middleware running on Motorola-made DCT2000/2500 digital boxes, alongside C-COR’s nABLE Global Session and Resource Manager and Harmonic Inc.’s Network Services Gateway.
 
SDB is growing popular with operators as they seek ways to free up bandwidth for other apps and services such as high-definition television and video-on-demand.

“This is the first time anyone has been able to offer a multi-vendor switched digital broadcast capability on broadly supported protocols for Motorola’s most widely-deployed set-top boxes,” said OpenTV Chairman & CEO Jim Chiddix, in a statement.

C-COR’s nABLE platform, traditionally used in support of VOD, has been extended to handle SDB.
 
“By leveraging C-COR’s extensive experience in delivering on-demand solutions and OpenTV’s leading client-side software, operators will be able to offer virtually unlimited broadcast programming, regardless of the set-top box, while drastically reducing bandwidth requirements,” said Michael Pohl, president of C-COR’s Global Strategies group.

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