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ntl Selects Scientific Atlanta's MPEG-4 PVR

# 21 October 2005, 19:11 by Cable Forum

Cable Forum has received an interesting news release from ntl today regarding Scientific-Atlanta’s first MPEG-4 personal video recorder (PVR) for European cable operators, which has been selected by ntl for the launch of its PVR service in the UK. The new HD PVR, introduced at IBC 2005, will enable ntl to take advantage of the bandwidth maximization and video storage benefits of MPEG-4 part 10/H.264 compression as it launches high-definition (HD) television and personal video recorder services.

Additionally, three video tuners in the set-top will allow customers to record three shows simultaneously.

“We look forward to offering cable customers the combination of MPEG-4 PVR and high quality Video on Demand services in 2006,” said Shai Weiss, managing director of ntl’s Consumer Products division. “We wanted to leverage both this new technology and Scientific-Atlanta’s extensive PVR experience to enable us to deploy a first-of-its-kind MPEG-4 PVR platform for the UK cable customers.”

The innovative video services featured in the Scientific-Atlanta PVR, along with its Euro-DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem capabilities, will make this set-top a significant addition to ntl’s triple play of digital TV, broadband Internet and telephone services offered to cable customers. ntl, with more than 3.3 million residential customers, is the United Kingdom’s largest cable operator. Its 10,857kilometer broadband network passes one-third of all homes in the United Kingdom.

The Explorer 8450DVB HD PVR helps service providers maximize bandwidth by supporting MPEG-4 advanced video compression decoding to enable them to launch HD services over existing networks.

The new European set-top platform will deliver the most compact PVR Scientific-Atlanta has created, and will have three video tuners, be Multi-Roomâ„¢ capable, and have USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity. With a substantial 160Gb hard drive, the device will be able to store up to 80 hours of content.

“In every market where we have helped operators launch PVR service, consumers have quickly embraced the choice, convenience and control delivered by this exciting technology,” said George Stromeyer, vice president and managing director at Scientific-Atlanta Europe NV. “Incorporating three video tuners into the Explorer 8450DVB HD PVR will further differentiate ntl’s PVR offering in the market and enhance the experience of PVR service for ntl’s customers.”

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