Buckeye CableSystem is using BigBand Networks’ switched digital video equipment to start migrating to IP-based video services.

Buckeye selected Verimatrix for its digital TV security solutions for the trial of the technology.

Buckeye is using BigBand’s vIP Pass, which is designed for rapid deployment of IPTV leveraging existing infrastructure, and CVEx, the company’s control plane that optimizes bandwidth and service delivery across RF and IP transport layers.

Buckeye is not the first North American MSO to deploy vIP Pass, but it is the first to publicly acknowledge doing so, BigBand said.

Joe Jensen, Buckeye’s chief technology officer, said, “We are evolving our network capabilities and video services to meet the demands of the next-generation of multi-tasking viewers by offering them the content they want to watch without creating an additional silo for IP video delivery.

“We worked closely with BigBand to assemble a solution that builds upon our existing infrastructure, using the same network and back office systems we employ today, to develop a high-quality and reliable delivery method that will scale to deliver IP video quickly and cost-effectively.”

BigBand said its vIP Pass is currently deployed in Korea with LG Powercom.

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