Time Warner Expands Overlay Tech


Scientific-Atlanta Inc. continues to roll out its overlay technology, adding a handful of Time Warner Cable National division systems that will introduce advanced S-A set-tops on Motorola-based headend systems.

The newest systems to launch include Houma and La Place, La.; Cape Coral and Lake City, Fla.; Dothan, Ala.; and Fort Benning, Ga.

There are also three other National divisions sites: St. Augustine, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind., and Clarksburg, W. Va.

Time Warner also is using the overlay technology in Houston, Beaumont, Harlingen and Laredo, all in Texas.

“S-A’s overlay system enables us to quickly and easily consolidate and streamline headend operation of nine National division systems, while operating the remote sites 'lights out’ to reduce our personnel requirements in these locations,” said Dick Amell, National division vice president of engineering.

Michael Harney, corporate senior vice president and president of subscriber networks for Scientific-Atlanta Inc., said the overlay functions are locally controlled in Houston, while Time Warner uses a master control system at National division headquarters in Denver.

The systems now can launch S-A advanced set-tops, including high-definition digital video recorder boxes and, eventually, multi-room DVRs.

S-A has integrated with both Time Warner guides: S-A’s guide and Pioneer Digital Technologies’ Passport.