Cable-Tec Expo 2009: Pace Picks Up Multiroom DVR Customers


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Cable operators, including Mediacom Communications, Buckeye CableSystem and Sunflower Broadband, are nearing completion of field trials of Pace's recently announced multiroom DVR solution.

In addition, the National Cable Television Cooperative has agreed to offer the Pace Home Content Sharing solution to its members.

The Pace solution, announced earlier this week, is based on a centralized network-attached storage device (about the size of a set-top) that distributes up to nine HD streams to other Pace set-tops in the home using the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 1.1 home-networking specification.

The U.K.-based vendor, which developed the solution with the i-Guide interactive program guide developed by Rovi and Comcast, says the Home Content Sharing setup enables full dual-tuner HD DVR functionality on every connected television in the home.

"The Pace solution is a true multiroom DVR versus other ‘multiview solutions,' meaning that the subscriber gets the same complete dual-tuner DVR experience they are familiar with today in every room of the home, rather than a subset of features," Mediacom senior vice president of technology J.R. Walden said in a statement.

Buckeye CableSystem chief technology officer Joe Jensen has been testing the system in his home, "and I am confident this will be well received by our customers," he said. "Pace's architecture provides a [network-attached storage] platform that can improve the viewing experience in today's environment and potentially evolve into a gateway device to offer next generation services to our customers."

Sunflower COO Patrick Knorr commented, "After evaluating numerous options for multiroom DVR it became clear that the Pace solution was clearly ahead of other offerings with respect to functionality and deployment flexibility. This solution is simply more powerful than what cable's competitors can offer."

Pace will demonstrate the Home Content Sharing solution at the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo here this week.