BigBand Networks said today that it has made some software enhancements to its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR).

The new features include unified broadcast service support to significantly increase the platform’s capabilities for international markets and resolution for a key closed-captioning challenge faced by a number of cable operators preparing for next month’s federally mandated digital television transition. 

"Providing a highly reliable service delivery network at a low total cost of ownership is essential to supporting our international growth initiative,” said Biren Sood, vice president of marketing and business development at BigBand Networks. “These recent innovations address our customers’ need for improved operations, reliable networking and video processing capabilities, and overall capex and opex efficiencies.”

The new BMR software release combines BigBand’s Broadcast Video Services (BVS) and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) software lines into a single offering, which BigBand said was designed to improve operational efficiency.

Operators outside of North America now have access to a set of features previously deployed by North American customers that translates to higher density and improved media processing densities for core BMR functions. 

Additionally, BigBand’s new BMR software resolves a closed-captioning challenge that impacts cable operators with older set-top box deployments as they prepare for the digital transition deadline. 

The BMR has been deployed by more than 200 service providers worldwide, in more than 4,000 installations. It is designed to support a variety of applications, including digital simulcast, digital TV management, digital ad insertion, HDTV and switched digital video.

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