N2 Broadband has secured a multi-year deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to market its OpenStream video-on-demand platform to the organization's 6,500-member cable systems.
The agreement gives N2 the green light to pursue agreements with NCTC members, which service a combined 15 million subscribers. Four NCTC cable members have already picked OpenStream to support VOD rollouts. Among them, N2 has announced deployments with Mid-Hudson Cablevision of Catskill, N.Y., and ComPAS Cable of Morgantown, N.C., but has yet to publicly announce the others.
Adding an affordable VOD platform to the mix could provide a big boost for small- and mid-sized MSOs, which are facing tremendous competitive pressure from DBS service providers.
Introduced early last year, OpenStream takes a plug-and-play approach to VOD and other interactive applications, offering backoffice and operations support for multiple video server, billing system and interactive program guide vendors.
"OpenStream's open architecture gives plug-and-play capabilities to cable operators, which is extremely important for small- and mid-sized systems that don't have the resources required to integrate and manage today's multi-vendor on-demand environment," said N2 President and CEO Reggie Bradford.