CED Magazine: Cablemas adds VOD features, including multiscreen

May 29th, 2013 | Brian Santo

Cablemás is adopting Conax’s Xtend Multiscreen, which will give the Mexican cable operator the ability to extend the VOD services it has been offering with additional VOD content, and also advanced features such as Catch up, Live TV, nPVR and multiscreen.

Cablemás has been using Conax technology for several years, in a system that also includes hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) provided by Evolution Digital, and middleware from Cubiware.

Following initial deployment of SD and HD 1-way STBs in 2010 and 2011, Cablemás began providing VOD services in 2012 using the Avail-TVN Content Management System and content sourced from Avail-TVN (now Vubiquity).

All the STBs being used by Cablemás for enhanced services are hybrid DVB C / IP from Evolution Digital and they are a mix of HD only, HD PVR and HD DOCSIS. Conax provides the VOD security with content is delivered using adaptive bit rate technology.

Integrating the VOD part of the Conax Xtend Multiscreen solution will provide Cablemás with flexibility to add more local content to its platform. Cablemás has chosen an encoding and head end platform from Harmonic Inc., and content delivery network (CDN) technology from Juniper.

The Conax Xtend Multiscreen platform is built on Conax conditional access for content protection and DRM, and bundles Content Management and portal/middleware and user interfaces from MPS Broadband and Cubiware.

Evolution Digital, Conax, and Cubiware will be responsible for integrating the Conax Xtend Multiscreen solution and new hybrid boxes into the Cablemás operations.

Cablemás is the second-largest cable television operator in Mexico based on number of subscribers and homes passed. Cablemás serves 1.6 cable television subscribers, 600,000 high speed internet subscribers and 315,000 telephone services with over 3.4 million homes passed.