Blonder Tongue to resell Motorola gear
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal covers Motorola's DCT line of set-tops, SurfBoard 5101 cable modems, and BSR2000, a "compact" OCSIS 2.0-qualified cable modem termination system aimed at mid- and small-sized cable markets.
The agreement also includes Motorola's HITS Quick Take Plus hardware package, comprised of the DSR4520X, an OM1000 and a special cable to connect the units. HITS Quick Take Plus - delivered via satellite from the Comcast Media Center in Colorado - is designed to give small cable systems (i.e. those with 100 to 1,000 subs) the ability to offer digital services on existing plant more cost-effectively than they could with a traditional HITS Classic headend.
Blonder Tongue said it will take in those digital signals, feed them to the vendor's QPSK-QAM transcoders, and deliver programming over the standard cable system.
"The Quick Take Plus hardware and set-top solutions are a natural addition to Blonder Tongue's transcoder product line and allow operators to take the next step to provide DVR solutions and prepare for high-definition programming," said BDR President Robert Pallé, in a statement.
Blonder Tongue said it will offer the portfolio to private cable operators, as well as U.S.-based lodging and institutional markets.