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Optimum Lightpath adds broadcast video transport to Ethernet portfolio

Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:38am
Mike Robuck

Optimum Lightpath, a business telecommunications unit of Cablevision, added broadcast video transport (BVT) over Metro Ethernet to its portfolio of business services.

The service addresses the needs of the media sectors, including production facilities, broadcasters, television stations, content distributors and enterprises that have high-resolution broadcast quality video requirements. The service supports compressed, uncompressed, analog, digital, and high-definition video applications that require "broadcast quality," given its sensitivity to packet loss, transit delay and jitter.

"Content distributors, broadcast stations, post-production facilities, and live venues have long been requesting alternatives to the video services currently available in the market," said Dave Pistacchio, general manager, Optimum Lightpath, in a statement. "With the launch of Optimum Lightpath's new Broadcast Video Transport over Metro Ethernet, we are able to leverage our state-of-the-art fiber optic network to offer our customers greater flexibility, resiliency and simplicity, as well as provide a superior alternative to currently available services."

The BVT service has received both MEF 9 and MEF 14 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum. Optimum Lightpath was a pioneer in the Metro Ethernet Forum when it became the first cable operator to join in April of 2006. Earlier this year, Optimum Lightpath was named "Best North American Regional Service Provider of the Year" by the MEF.

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