While BigBand Networks was announcing its switched digital video (SDV) deployment with Charter Communications, Scientific Atlanta (SA) issued a press release that said its SDV platform has exceeded commitments for seven million homes passed.
SA is in pre-launch mode with Time Warner Cable and did not say what other cable operators have committed to using its SDV platform. Earlier this year, the company introduced its universal session and resource manager (USRM). The USRM is a software upgrade to existing SDV servers in any network system, according to the company.
By extending and distributing the management of the video and data network control plane all the way to the edge of the network, cable operators can share bandwidth between services, such as VOD and SDV, over narrowcast QAMs.
"Scientific Atlanta's SDV solution provides our customers with increased service velocity, which is a top priority for them today," said Greg Hardy, SA’s VP of business development. "Because our SDV product is one in a wide suite of our digital video products, it can get lost in the digital buzz relative to competing devices from single-product companies. We have gone beyond just switched video by including total edge-resource management for an increased return on investment."