N2 Adds Local VOD-Content Management

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N2 Broadband Inc. has launched "Xport," a new product line designed to help operators manage local video-on-demand content such as news and sports.

Xport allows MSOs to quickly encode, package and play local content after it has aired live on the system. N2 said Xport is being tested in three MSO sites and will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2003.

Comcast Corp. is turning around a few hours each day of local news and sports content and placing it on its VOD servers in Philadelphia. Time Warner Cable has been doing similar on-the-fly storage in Honolulu for several years. Both are N2 affiliates.

N2 said operators can encode a prerecorded football game using Xport, then add Cable Television Laboratories Inc.-compliant metadata; edit the video to insert video clips, commercials or local-branding bumpers; then store the content on a server.

Content is encoded in MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Expert Group) and supports Dolby Laboratories Inc. "AC3" audio playback.

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