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N2 Broadband Releases Open VOD Solution

On-demand provider N2 Broadband has released what it says is the first open VOD platform for cable operators using interface specifications. OpenStream, a "plug-and-play" VOD system, lets users interchange multiple video streaming servers and applications.

N2 Broadband's OpenStream enables services beyond VOD, including real-time capture and playback, targeted advertising and locally generated content. It supports both Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola digital systems and is compatible with video streaming servers from several companies. It also features a reporting tool that lets operators manage, view and control the data the exists in their VOD network and reports can be accessed from a central location in a standard format.

"OpenStream represents a huge breakthrough for the cable industry, giving operators the benefits of plug-and-play compatibility for the first time and allowing them to chose the best VOD products from the best vendors," said Reggie Bradford, president and CEO of N2 Broadband. "OpenStream also gives small to mid-size cable operators a low-cost entry point into VOD."

OpenStream currently operates in 40 markets with nCUBE, SeaChange and Concurrent Computer VOD streaming servers and major billing systems vendors.