Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Scientific-Atlanta PVR Selected by Telewest

Telewest Broadband selected Scientific-Atlanta's Explorer 8300DVB PVR set-top for a new personal video recorder service to be launched in the UK in 2005. The current interactive platform is based on middleware provided by Liberate and the Conditional Access System provided by Nagravision. This vendor integration effort, currently underway and scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2005, will be followed by launch of Telewest Broadband's PVR service in the second half of 2005.

The new Explorer 8300DVB PVR will incorporate a DOCSIS tuner for high-speed data access, as well as three video tuners to allow Telewest Broadband's customers to record three separate programs simultaneously or record two programs while watching a third - a step forward from the popular dual tuner solution in other Scientific-Atlanta PVRs. The set-top also provides two video decoders, which enables the user to watch a channel while archiving a previously recorded program to a VCR tape. In addition, the 8300DVB PVR will decode HDTV signals, which will help Telewest Broadband to retain its leadership in the deployment of innovative products.


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