Time Warner Cable To Take Switched Video To NYC, LA, Dallas

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Time Warner Cable plans to deploy BigBand Networks' switched digital video solution to offer new programming options in its Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas systems.

The cable operator initiated one of the first tests of switched digital video, in Austin, Texas, in 2004, and has since deployed SDV technology in more than 20 markets, including Hawaii and the Carolinas.

Time Warner Cable said with the bandwidth reclaimed from SDV, it can offer more than 100 high-definition channels and launch such services as DOCSIS 3.0-based broadband and HD video-on-demand.

"We have launched SDV in over 20 markets to date and know firsthand that, if we want to deploy new programming options for our customers, SDV is the fastest, most cost effective method for our existing network," Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president of technology policy and product management, said in a statement.

The value of the MSO's new agreement with BigBand was not disclosed. BigBand president and CEO Amir Bassan-Eskenazi said by virtue of the size of the markets, "those are nice deals." TWC has not yet deployed the BigBand switched digital video system in New York, L.A. or Dallas, so "those are in front of us," he added.

BigBand's SDV solution has been deployed or is being deployed to some 25 million cable subscribers in systems operated by TWC, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Cablevision Systems and others.

In June, the Federal Communications Commission vacated a ruling against Time Warner Cable and Cox that fined the operators for deploying switched digital video. The decision reversed an order from the agency's Enforcement Bureau that found TWC and Cox violated program viewability rules by moving some channels from their broadcast lineups to SDV.

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