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Optimum Lightpath Launches High Speed Video Service for Professional Media

Optimum Lightpath, a Jericho, N.Y.-based developer of broadband services for the New York metropolitan area and a subsidiary of New York cable operator Cablevision, has launched the Lightpath Managed Video service, providing connectivity as well as encoding and decoding of digital video for professional media facilities in the New York area.

The service targets post production facilities, TV stations and content distributors as well as non-media organizations such as health care facilities, municipalities and enterprises with high-resolution broadcast quality video requirements, such as security surveillance and videoconferencing. The service is optimized for file-based media and content transfers, using the advantages of carrier-class Ethernet to prevent packet loss and jitter. The service also does not require any transport protocol conversions.

“With the launch of our Lightpath Managed Video service, Optimum Lightpath now offers a complete and unsurpassed suite of both managed and transport video services designed to meet the needs of the broadcast, entertainment and enterprise markets, who are embracing IP as an enabler of information and content distribution,” said Dave Pistacchio, general manager, Optimum Lightpath. “This service offers a true alternative to traditional video services and a more economical alternative to satellite. Additionally, we are able to leverage our state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to offer our customers greater flexibility, resiliency and simplicity than any other provider in the market.”

Lightpath Managed Video service is the newest addition to Optimum Lightpath’s Video Services Portfolio, which also includes Lightpath Video Transport, a dedicated Layer 2 point-to-point service designed for broadcast quality video transport. The new service electronically accepts, transports and delivers native compressed and uncompressed digital video in common industry formats including asynchronous serial interface (ASI), standard-definition serial digital interface (SD-SDI) and high-definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI). It also includes a fully redundant protected connection for unsurpassed resiliency and reliability.

Optional features for the service include Multiple ASI, which allows aggregation of up to four individual ASI feeds into a single IP-based Ethernet IP encoder; and Linear Service, which provides a dedicated linear service for uncompressed SDI 270, uncompressed HD-SDI video and ASI.