More than 260 cable systems are using programming delivered via the Headend in the Sky (HITS) Quantum standard definition (SD) service to deliver video services and reclaim spectrum.

Part of the Denver-based National Digital Television Center, or Comcast Media Center (CMC), HITS announced this milestone at the Independent Show, which opened yesterday in Grapevine, Texas.

The HITS Quantum 256 QAM SD service offers nearly 70 feeds of widely carried cable programming networks using advanced compression technology to delivery 12-to-15 digital channels for each 6 MHz of capacity. HITS affiliates that use a portion of their reclaimed analog spectrum can benefit from bundled options from HITS for high definition (HD) and video on demand (VOD) services.

“Cable systems serving smaller markets want a sequential approach toward all digital that doesn’t require a forklift upgrade and allows them to meet ongoing operational requirements and technology refreshes via a shared resources solution,” CMC SVP and COO Gary Traver said, in a statement.

Working with Motorola, HITS manages the QT Plus and National Authorization Service (NAS) systems, which serve as an alternative to headend-based management solutions for managing the delivery of cable programming, such as that delivered via HITS Quantum services.

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