Oceanic launches sports mosaic

Thu, 11/02/2006 - 6:17am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Time Warner Cable's always ambitious Oceanic division has launched a sports mosaic application using a platform from Ligos Corp.

The "SportsChoice" mosaic, offered on channel 200, features video thumbnails of several sports channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, The Golf Channel, FSN West, FSN Pacific, and Fox Soccer Channel. The operator also has the ability to include local sports fare as well, a Ligos spokesperson explained.

Viewers use arrow buttons on the remote control to highlight individual video tiles and hear the accompanying audio. They can also navigate directly to the channel if one of the mosaics captures their interest.

The system also features advertising banners that, once selected by the viewer, are taken to Oceanic's "sponsor portal."

The primary technology in play is Ligos' MediaRig Mosaic, a PC-server based system that leverages software video processing. The platform is designed to take the place of up to a dozen hardware MPEG decoders, and consolidate several functions, including MPEG decoding, re-scaling, compositing, supplying navigation metadata, re-encoding, and multiplexing. In addition to thematic mosaics, the system can also be made to support apps and services such as video-on-demand, pay-per-view, and specialty advertising.

Oceanic's deployment is the first in the cable sector for San Francisco-based Ligos, which announced and began to demonstrate its MediaRig Mosaic system at this year's NAB confab.


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