SeaChange captures HDTV broadcasts for VOD

SeaChange International has united two important applications in television — VOD and HDTV — with the introduction of its VOD Recording System 2.0.

An enhancement to SeaChange’s widely deployed management software, the Recording System 2.0 enables cable operators to automatically record and store high-definition television broadcasts, as well as standard-definition analog and digital, for on-demand viewing.

“High-definition productions are on the rise, and cable operators can extend the value and reach of broadcast sports, series, news and other content through on-demand services,” said James Kelso, vice president/general manager, broadband systems, SeaChange.

The SeaChange Recording System is a “set and forget” extension of the SeaChange VOD System. Data entry is minimized via “point-and-click” graphical user interfaces. The software automates the entire process, from capturing the video content from broadcast sources, generating Cable Labs-compliant VOD metadata from television schedule information, and propagating files to servers.

Designed to mitigate the operational burden of capturing content, the Recording System intelligently allocates video encoders to record incoming content from a large number of sources, including broadcast, cable or satellite.

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