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Shaw's whole-home DVR platform rolls into Edmonton

Mon, 06/20/2011 - 8:20am
CED staff

Today Shaw Communications launched its Arris-based multi-room DVR platform in Edmonton after the service first made its debut in Calgary last month.

The service, which Shaw calls "Shaw Gateway," will soon launch in other parts of Shaw's footprint, according to the cable operator.

"The Gateway is the first product of its kind in Canada and brings customers a totally new way of experiencing technology and connectivity," said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "We're excited to launch the product to our Edmonton customers and provide them with the ultimate in entertainment with the Shaw Gateway."

Arris' gateway combines elements of its hardware with the Digeo Moxi assets it purchased two years ago Arris first started demonstrating its gateway at The Cable Show last year and then followed up with more features at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

Shaw subscribers benefit from the gateway's PVR functionality, which includes a six-tuner, multi-room HD PVR with 500 GB of storage, as well as a customized user interface. It also has a four-port Ethernet home networking router, MoCA 1.1 home networking and optional 802.11n capabilities.

The system connects up to six TVs and supports recording of up to six programs, as well, while playing back three previously recorded programs, all in HD.

The centralized gateway provides multimedia entertainment services, including broadcast and narrowcast video, video-on-demand, DOCSIS 3.0 high-speed data, and two lines of carrier-grade voice over IP, as well as Internet over-the-top and media sharing of user-generated content.

It also supports DLNA to connect with subscriber-owned, DLNA-enabled devices across the home network, and it supports CableCard conditional access.

Future service features include Internet content on TVs; online and handheld device remote PVR scheduling; content search of live TV, recorded TV, VOD and PPV content; and PC files on PCs and laptops, as well as integration of social media and other online properties.

While Shaw's subscribers will enjoy all of the bells and whistles of their advanced whole-home networking platform, Shaw will save on deploying additional equipment such as cable set-top boxes and EMTAs.

That gateway is available with the Shaw Easy Own program for $17 per month over 36 months, or $598, to Shaw customers in Calgary.

Oregon-based BendBroadband deployed Arris' gateway earlier this year.

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