Motorola Set-Tops To Have Expanded VOD

From Pioneer’s press release:

N2 Broadband Inc., a provider of scalable, open-standard solutions for on-demand services, today announced plans to integrate OpenStream into Pioneer Digital Technologies’ Passport DCT for Motorola digital set-tops. Pioneer Digital Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of multi-platform interactive program guides and video applications. The Passport DCT-OpenStream solution expands the choices for cable operators looking to deploy or upgrade VOD services.  N2 Broadband’s OpenStream is the industry’s only complete, open digital services platform that enables cable operators to quickly and affordably offer on-demand services such as VOD on any Motorola or Scientific-Atlanta-based network. 

Pioneer’s Passport DCT interactive navigation software suite offers customers easy-to-use, advanced control over digital entertainment and services, and gives cable operators a solution that supports all of their deployed set-tops with software designed to utilize the full potential of each set-top platform. The Passport family of interactive navigation software is widely deployed in multiple markets and is available on both major headend systems and most currently deployed digital set-top models. An OpenStream-compliant version of Passport for Scientific-Atlanta cable TV networks has already been deployed. 

“We are thrilled to be working with Pioneer and we believe the Passport DCT-OpenStream solution provides great value to cable operators deploying VOD,” said Reggie Bradford, President and CEO of N2 Broadband. “This integration effort further underscores N2 Broadband’s dedication to providing open systems and to ensuring maximum flexibility and ease of integration for cable operators and content providers deploying on-demand services like VOD.”

“Integrating Passport DCT with N2 Broadband’s OpenStream platform is great news for everyone, combining OpenStream, one of the industry’s most widely deployed digital services platform, with a proven interactive guide that is already in millions of homes,” said Dan Ward, Vice President   of marketing and business development for Pioneer Digital Technologies.  “N2 Broadband has been terrific in working to integrate on the Motorola platform to deliver more flexible VOD solutions.”

OpenStream allows cable operators to easily deploy on-demand services using VOD servers, applications, billing systems, and other system components of their choice. Its unique, open architecture extends the cable headend beyond VOD to support television’s next generation of interactive services. With OpenStream, operators can choose from any current or future iTV application such as advanced menuing, merchandising, or indexing of on-demand content.  OpenStream is backed by a 24/7 Network Operations Center that now supports more than 1,500 VOD devices.