BigBand Offers PSIP Solution

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BigBand Networks Inc. wants to help cable operators out with PSIP.

The vendor Monday announced support for Program and System Information Protocol -- which standardizes data including channel location, program description, closed-captioning and V-chip parental controls -- over cable networks.

The Federal Communications Commission’s mandatory PSIP deployment date is July 1.

BigBand said several major cable operators have deployed PSIP functionality with its “BigBand Grooming” and “BigBand HDTV” applications, which control channel lineup, video quality and bandwidth efficiency of standard-definition and high-definition digital television.