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Broadband Briefs for 5/27/08

Tue, 05/27/2008 - 8:00am

• Verizon, Starz ink new agreement, expand old one
By Traci Patterson

A multiyear agreement between Verizon and Starz Entertainment will allow Verizon’s broadband subscribers to receive movies from Starz and will make the full suite of Starz products available to Verizon’s FiOS TV, FiOS Internet and high-speed Internet customers.

Verizon’s broadband customers have the option to subscribe to Starz Play, which allows them to watch live Starz programming, as well as download and view movies and videos an unlimited number of times at no additional charge.

The companies also extended and expanded their current FiOS TV affiliation agreement, which was signed in April 2005. The new agreement secures delivery of all 16 Starz, Encore and MoviePlex movie channels, the company’s high-definition (HD) channels, and the associated Starz Entertainment subscription VOD offerings: Starz On Demand, Starz HD O Demand, Encore On Demand and Encore HD On Demand.

• Cedar Point showcasing business services-related capabilities at ANGA Cable
By Traci Patterson

Cedar Point Communications is showcasing additional capabilities that will enable network operators to generate new revenues from business services at the ANGA Cable show in Germany this week.

The company is exhibiting features of its SAFARI C³ Multimedia Switching System that enable the delivery and monetization of hosted commercial services to the small- and medium-size business (SMB) market, including presence applications such as find-me-follow-me, click-to-dial and enhanced call routing that simplifies customers’ business communications environments.

Cedar Point will also be showing a business services portal that enables the customization and personalization of services by telecommunications providers, SMB customers and end users.

• BigBand intros updated BEQ6000 in China
By Traci Patterson

BigBand Networks has introduced an updated version of its Universal EdgeQAM – the Broadband EdgeQAM (BEQ) 6000 – to the Chinese cable market.

The BEQ6000 is designed to accommodate services including broadcast digital TV, video-on-demand (VOD), switched digital video (SDV), network PVR, high-speed data and VoIP. The BEQ6000 achieves QAM modulation with up to twice the signal quality, and up to twice the signal level, compared with other QAM devices in the market, the company said.

BigBand’s updated BEQ6000 is available now and has been deployed by service providers on multiple continents. For technical specifications and other information, click here.

• Pixelmetrix demonstrating new DVProbe-C at ANGA Cable
By Traci Patterson

Pixelmetrix is showcasing the DVProbe-C at the ANGA Cable show in Germany this week.

The DVProbe-C is a cost-effective preventive monitoring and operational debugging tool that is powerful enough to assure quality in a modern EdgeQAM-based distribution plant, the company said. The product connects directly to the QAM RF cable network and uses the transport stream analysis technology of the Pixelmetrix DVStation.

The DVProbe-C is packaged as a one rack unit (1RU) rack-mount system with power, network and RF input connections all on the back of the unit. And the product can evolve with network as digital cable systems move towards technologies such as switched digital video (SDV) and beyond.

• Mixed Signals hires former BigBand exec for EMEA region
By Traci Patterson

Mixed Signals announced at the ANGA Cable show in Germany that it has hired Tino Muders as a senior systems consultant who is based in Germany and is responsible for working with clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Muders joins Mixed Signals from BigBand Networks, where he was the company’s director of systems engineering for EMEA. He will work with Sam Kershaw, a veteran cable and telco sales executive who was recently hired to head up Mixed Signals’ EMEA operations.

“There is substantial competition for television subscribers in today’s European market,” said Eric Conley, CEO of Mixed Signals. “Now, more than ever, maintaining both quality of service and experience are crucial to gaining and retaining customers. These key hires enable us to expand our EMEA operations.”

More Broadband Direct:

• Comcast to sell off 46 isolated systems 

• Comcast's AnyRoom feature rolls into New England 

• Motorola's TX32 decoupled downstream module good to go 

• Sky Italia deploys Harmonic's gear 

• Veraz launches MGN architecture 

• Study: Internet video viewers to number 1B by 2013 

• Rentrak: VOD viewing increases by 59% in Q1 

• Broadband Briefs for 5/27/08 

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