BigBand Networks has announced that Buckeye CableSystem will extend its switched digital video infrastructure using BigBand’s IP video solution to offer new IP video services to multiple platforms with support for existing business models with the flexibility to integrate with today’s digital rights management solutions.

Buckeye has selected Verimatrix for its digital TV security solutions for the trial period. BigBand’s IP video solution encompasses vIP PASS, which is designed for rapid deployment of IPTV leveraging existing infrastructure, and CVEx, the company’s control plane that optimizes bandwidth and service delivery across RF and IP transport layers. The deployment marks the first publicly-announced deployment of vIP PASS in North America.?

“We are evolving our network capabilities and video services to meet the demands of the next-generation of multi-tasking viewers by offering them the content they want to watch without creating an additional silo for IP video delivery,” said Joe Jensen, Buckeye’s CTO, in a statement.

BigBand’s IP product suite is an integrated approach to IP video delivery that includes BigBand’s vIP PASS, an end-to-end video IP delivery platform and CVEx (Converged Video Exchange), an intelligent software control plane that provides convergence between different video applications, RF and IP transports, and end-user screens.

The vIP PASS solution is currently deployed in Korea with LG Powercom, Korea’s largest HFC network serving over 2.3 million subscribers, delivering IPTV services to PCs and IP set-top boxes.

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