DirecTV to Deploy Aastra’s ‘VideoRunner’

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DirecTV Inc. will deploy Aastra Technologies Ltd.’s “VideoRunner” digital-video-networking platform, the vendor said Wednesday.

The direct-broadcast satellite provider will use VideoRunner as part of the expansion of its HDTV and advanced-programming-services offerings.

DirecTV said it will have the ability to offer 1,500 local HD channels and 150 national HD channels by 2007, while continuing to expand standard-definition local offerings and other interactive programming.

The DBS operator will also deploy VideoRunner for confidence monitoring within each market, allowing technicians to view real-time picture quality and network connectivity between local market and uplink facilities.

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