Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, Arris, Buckeye CableSystem, Cablevision, HBO
--BBC to Launch iTunes-Style Programming-Download Service
--Buckeye CableSystem Selects Arris's Whole-Home, VOD and Network-Monitoring Solutions
--Cablevision Launches HBO Go and Max Go, New "TV Everywhere" Portal
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.
- In a speech at the Royal Television Society, Wednesday, BBC director general, Mark Thompson, confirmed that the corporation plans to launch a paid programming-download service, similar to iTunes. Thompson stated that the service, codenamed "Project Barcelona," will allow consumers to "purchase a digital copy of a program to own and keep [for] a relatively modest charge." The Guardian's John Plunkett has more.
- Arris said Wednesday that its existing customer, Buckeye CableSystem, has selected its whole-home, VOD and network-monitoring solutions. "Buckeye CableSystem is deploying the Arris Whole Home Solution, next-generation ConvergeMedia video-on-demand (VOD) platform, and ServAssure Advanced network monitoring solution," the company states in its press materials. "The Arris solutions chosen by Buckeye decrease the costs of integrating and monitoring services, while providing subscribers with new multiple-screen features to enjoy...Buckeye will use the Arris Whole Home Solution to provide its customers with multi-room access to broadcast, unicast and multicast content, whether via cable, over-the-top, or the subscriber's personal media on their home network. The Arris Whole Home Solution consists of the Moxi Gateway, Players, User Interface and Services Portal, and offers end-users a centralized gateway that provides simultaneous use of feature-rich video and telephony services, 6-tuner HD multi-room DVR, WiFi, DOCSIS 3.0 data rates, and media-sharing capabilities. Buckeye's new VOD platform consists of the Arris ConvergeMedia XMS Server and the ConvergeMedia Management solution. The ConvergeMedia XMS is a highly stable and reliable video distribution solution designed to increase subscriber satisfaction while reducing operating costs for Buckeye. The combined platform offers the ideal managed solution to rapidly deploy, cost-effectively scale, and monetize video services. Buckeye has also implemented the Arris ServAssure Advanced platform to manage DOCSIS devices across its entire network. The solution helps minimize the cost and complexity of managing DOCSIS networks by reducing the number of non-revenue-generating truck rolls and enabling predictive capacity planning for plant maintenance and growth. ServAssure Advanced is comprised of a suite of applications that collect, store and aggregate a comprehensive set of performance and utilization metrics to help solve network issues. Operators use the information to improve network reliability, reduce customer churn and decrease operational expenses."
Cablevision has begun offering HBO's "TV Everywhere" services, HBO Go and Max Go, bringing to 12 the number of mobile programming services available to authenticated customers of its iO TV digital cable service (the others are CNN, TBS, TNT, tru TV, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Speed2, HLN, MSG Varsity and News 12). The MSO has also launched a TV Everywhere portal, dubbed "TV to GO" (http://www.optimum.net/TVtoGo), which provides information on and links to its TVE services.