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Time Warner Cable scores a pair of technical Emmys

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 1:15pm
Brian Santo

Time Warner Cable (TWC) said it will be receiving two Emmy Awards for Technology and Engineering for 2013.

The first award recognizes Time Warner Cable’s “Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR (NDVR).” The second award recognizes the company’s efforts in “Pioneering Development of Video on Demand (VOD) Dynamic Advertising Insertion,” or DAI.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has yet to announce the slate of 2013 Emmy winners, but several of the recipients have announced that they’ve won. TiVo, Cablevision and YouTube have all announced they have also won technical Emmys.  

In fact, one of TWC’s two Emmy’s complements one awarded to Cablevision, which was also designated for helping develop and deploying network DVR technology.

DVRs store recorded content in embedded storage drives; with nDVR, customers can record and store multiple linear channels in storage contained in the network.

TWC noted it was the first to develop much of the underlying technology with the company’s Mystro TV effort, which began in late 2001. Generally, the technology enables different consumer experiences: to act as a remote site for customers, making individual recordings of their selected programming (known as RS-DVR), and to simultaneously record many channels and permit enabled consumers to have flexible access to recorded programs, including, but not limited to, ‘Start Over’ programs that were recorded prior to consumers’ viewing. 

With regard to VOD DAI, Time Warner Cable was acknowledged for helping to create a means for content owners to monetize their content with the dynamic insertion of national ad campaigns into millions of hours of VOD content per month.

Commenting on the awards, Glenn Britt, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable stated, “Time Warner Cable takes great pride in the technological innovations we have pioneered over the years. Our commitment to delivering communications services that give our customers increased flexibility and control is woven into the fabric of our daily work. I am grateful to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for publicly recognizing that commitment in the achievements of our talented engineering and technology teams, whose behind-the-scenes work has been acknowledged in such a visible way.”

Mike LaJoie, Executive vice president and chief technology and network operations officer for the company added, “I am very proud of our team and the work they do to position Time Warner Cable as a technology thought leader. The Cable industry has a rich entrepreneurial history, fueled in part by the creative use of technology, and these awards recognize the innovations taking place inside our industry and, specifically, our company—for the benefit of the more than 15 million customers who use Time Warner Cable’s services every day.”

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