Cable Show 2010: BigBand Expands IPTV Partners


BigBand Networks has integrated its IPTV solutions for cable operators with products from four new partners: Entone, Orca Interactive, Verimatrix and Western Mediabridge.

BigBand markets two IP video delivery systems: vIP Pass, which offloads IP video from cable-modem termination systems by "wrapping" video in DOCSIS; and CVEx, a software-based control plane that can manage video applications across both RF and IP transport networks.

Now BigBand has integrated vIP Pass and CVEx with additional third-party products, including: an IP media hub from Entone; network-based program guides from Orca Interactive; Verimatrix's digital video security systems; and IPTV solutions from Western Mediabridge.

Previously, BigBand announced its IP video delivery product suite had been integrated with several DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems and gateway technologies from Hitron Technologies, Mplus Technology and Netgear, as well as DOCSIS 3.0 chip sets from Texas Instruments, as well as Widevine Technologies' digital rights management system.

"By integrating with leading technology companies in the IP video ecosystem, we can leverage existing network capacity, tools, DRM and IPTV customer premise equipment and help foster open standards in architecting a single approach to video delivery," BigBand vice president of product line management Paul Crann said in a statement.

Last week, BigBand reported lower-than-expected sales for the first quarter 2010, down , citing slower order volume for IP video products. The company said it laid off about 30 full-time employees and contractors, or 6% of its work force, and cut its full-year revenue outlook to $115 million to $125 million, compared with its previous guidance of roughly $153 million to $154 million.