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Cox, Harmonic team on video mosaics

Tue, 06/20/2006 - 7:50am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Cox Communications is powering a new video mosaic application with a digital platform from Harmonic Inc.

Using Harmonic’s ProStream 8000, Cox is enabling customers in some markets to see and select networks from multiple on-screen video thumbnails. Viewers can listen to the audio of a program by selecting the thumbnail, and can shift the channel into full-screen mode with the push of a button on the remote.

Cox said it plans to rollout ProStream-based mosaics in additional markets in the “coming months.”

Harmonic’s all-digital, MPEG-in/MPEG-out system is designed to enable the operator tocreate program groupings based on themes such as news and sports, and to provide regional or locally- focused promos and program previews.

“Harmonic’s mosaic solution enables Cox to add a new dimension to the user experience by enabling visual navigation of programming as well as better promotion of service such as VOD,” said Cox Director of iTV Applications Vince Groff.

The Comcast Media Center and GuideWorks LLC, the Comcast Corp./Gemstar-TV Guide joint venture, have also developed a “video-rich” mosaic navigation system that’s designed to hook into the flagship iGuide IPG, but have yet to announce any specific deployments or trials with Comcast or other operators.

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