Vendors Talk New Products at SCTE

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Many equipment vendors used the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers' convention last week in Philadelphia to showcase new product for the MSOs.

Harmonic Inc. said Insight Communications Co. Inc. would deploy its Narrowcast Services Gateway smart-edge device and Gigabit Ethernet transport solution.

"We found an IP-based network is essential to maintaining the quality and value our customers have come to expect," said Patrick Forde, vice president, new technology integration at Insight.

Harmonic also said it's providing visual-monitoring capabilities for its NMX digital services manager, which can communicate directly with Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway.

Bright House Networks, the working name for Advance/Newhouse Communications cable systems, said it's deploying the broadband multimedia-service router platform from BigBand Networks.

Bright House will deploy the BigBand Grooming and BigBand Transport Gateway in Tampa, Fla. BigBand also announced enhancements to its VOD Edge product line, including redundancy for uninterrupted service and a multiple BMR manager application.

Cherry picking

Terayon Communication Systems said it added new network interfaces to its Network CherryPicker digital stream management systems. The interfaces include Gigabit Ethernet and MPEG-over-SONET network interface modules fof the DM6400 and DM3200 product lines.

Concurrent Computer Corp. said it's working with Gotuit Media to index Everything-On-Demand content on VOD systems.

The service would consumers to skip to portions of shows or sporting events they want to watch, Concurrent said. Users can "segment surf," Concurrent said, watch a variety of interactive playlists and save favorite program scenes in a personal vault. Concurrent also announced a deal with Operational Intelligence that will allow operators to identify, diagnose and resolve VOD operational issues.

CommScope Inc. announced a new line of HDTV cable assemblies and bulk cable for field installations.

On the hardware front, Motorola Inc. announced the SG4000 segmentable, scalable fiber optic node, allowing operators to configure bandwidth for VOD, HDTV, high speed data or IP telephony services. The SG4000 accommodates up to nine optics modules and a hybrid management sub-layer compliant transponder.

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. signed a deal with SupportSoft Inc. to automate the diagnosis and resolution of problems in set-top boxes. SupportSoft, which has sold software tools to operators in the IP space, has developed a Video Service Automation Suite software package.

That software suite will be integrated with S-A's SciCare data analysis engine. The combination will help operators control and manage video service and education issues, which Support-Soft said should cut down on service calls to MSOs.

ADONISS 1.3

TVN Entertainment Corp. is releasing the 1.3 software version of its ADONISS VOD asset management software. Available June 2, the software will allow MSOs to search and track specific titles, view content in multiple sites on an asset basis and provide asset status information for third-party content.

Aurora Networks announced the availability of its new Optiplex OP3524 series, narrowcast demultiplexer and broadcast combiner. The new unit allows power levels to be realigned remotely. Aurora also added an EtherMux module to its EtherTransport product line, allowing up to 24 dedicated 100 megabit connections to be served from a single node. Aurora also announced a reseller agreement with Path 1 Network Technologies. Path 1 also announced a reseller and OEM agreement with SA.

OpVista Inc. debuted its new MetroVista optical transport that features wavelength on-demand technology. OpVista's WaveMultiplier technology carries four wavelengths per single 50GHz ITU window and can transmit signals 1,000 kilometers. A single fiber, it said, can carry 640 Gigabit Ethernet streams.

Acterna introduced the DSAM-1500 digital service activation meter for installing, testing and troubleshooting digital services.

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