Buckeye CableSystem has chosen BigBand Network’s switched digital video (SDV) platform for its bandwidth reclamation and high-definition (HD) initiatives.

SDV sends just the programming that is being watched in a service group, instead of the entire slate of a cable operator’s lineup, which allows MSOs to reclaim bandwidth for other services, such as adding more HD channels or long-tail content.

“We looked at various options for optimization of our bandwidth and have chosen BigBand’s SDV solution because it gives us an efficient means to better utilize our spectrum and to expand our HD content,” said Joe Jensen, Buckeye’s chief technology officer. “SDV will allow us to quickly regain bandwidth, helping us to execute our competitive strategy and expand HD services.”

Buckeye’s switched digital deployment will be implemented across its Motorola set-top box environment, according to BigBand, and the operator plans to use future capabilities of the SDV architecture for the delivery of cost-effective, IP-based video.

BigBand’s SDV platform has been deployed, or is being deployed, by six of the top 10 cable operators in North America, passing more than 20 million households. BigBand’s roster of customers includes Comcast, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Cablevision, as well as Verizon.

The news coincides with the National Cable Television Cooperative’s (NCTC) Winter Educational Conference in Charlotte, N.C., and Buckeye is a leading member of the NCTC.

Buckeye, the nation’s 22nd-largest cable operator, provides approximately 150,000 subscribers in the Toledo, Ohio, area with video, voice and data services.

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