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Service Electric Cablevision picks Harmonic’s edge QAM for VOD service

Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:47am
Mike Robuck

Service Electric Cablevision is using Harmonic’s edge QAM for its video-on-demand deployment in Pennsylvania.

Service Electric Cablevision, one of the first cable operators in the United States, is deploying Harmonic’s Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) edge QAM with privacy mode encryption for its VOD service. Harmonic’s privacy mode encryption is used to insure the VOD assets are protected.

"Harmonic introduced the world's first edge QAM and we have continued to remain at the forefront of edge processing technology with greater density and support for advanced applications in our latest generation NSG systems," said Dan Ambauen, VP of North American Cable Sales for Harmonic, in a statement. "Cable operators such as Service Electric Cablevision rely on the market-leading NSG with privacy mode to encrypt VOD assets and perform other valuable functions such as IP to RF conversion, multiplexing, program filtering and routing."

Harmonic's family of edge QAM solutions includes the NSG 8108 and 9116 models as well as a universal edge QAM, the NSG 9000. Edge QAMs allow cable operators to share bandwidth across QAMs between video services such as HD and VOD.

As a result of an RFP by Comcast, edge QAMs were all the rage at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo earlier this year. Last month Comcast announced it had selected Arris as one of its edge QAM providers. While not officially announced, several analysts said Harmonic’s edge QAMs were also tapped for use by Comcast.

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