Charter Deploys Motorola Switched Digital Video Solution to Expand HD Programming for Customers
June 09, 2010
Horsham, Pa and St. Louis, Mo– June 09, 2010 – – Charter Communications, Inc. and the Mobile Devices and Home business of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced today that Charter will expand high-definition (HD) services for its customers utilizing switched digital video (SDV) equipment and services supplied by Motorola, allowing for more content to be delivered to customers without increasing network bandwidth.
“Charter plans to have launched SDV in more than 60 percent of our footprint by the end of 2010,” said Marwan Fawaz, Charter’s Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Technology Officer. “Our goal is to deliver value to our customers, offering the best choices in quality content, including high-definition programming and fast, reliable Internet speeds. Motorola’s proven switched digital video solution allows us to meet this growing demand for HD and speed.”
Motorola’s SDV architecture dynamically transmits only those channels that are being watched in specific neighborhoods at any given time, maximizing the bandwidth efficiency. This process occurs as quickly as a customer can change channels, so it is seamless to the customer. The SDV launch will allow Charter to deploy more HD service and continue to enhance its Internet service. Charter has already deployed Motorola’s SDV services in North Carolina, Missouri and Nevada, with more launches planned this year.
“As more of our digital customers upgrade to HD televisions and equipment, Charter is delivering more HD content – from movies to series and educational shows – to bring customers an expanded, enhanced viewing experience,” said Doug Ike, Vice President of Advanced Video Engineering for Charter.
Charter’s deployments now bring total operator commitments for the Motorola SDV solution to more than 30 million homes passed. Motorola’s SDV portfolio encompasses asset, stream, session and edge management products that enable providers to reclaim bandwidth, deliver personalized content to consumers, and attract additional customers with niche programming.
“In a world with increasing demand for bandwidth, SDV is an outstanding solution to consumers’ demand for access to a greater variety of programming,” said John Burke, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Motorola Mobile Devices and Home. “With Motorola’s market-leading SDV solution, service providers can reliably expand their channel offerings with more HD, local and niche programming.”
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Charter Communications, Inc. (CCMM - OTC Bulletin Board) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter CableTM video entertainment programming, Charter InternetTM access, and Charter PhoneTM. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business internet access, data networking, video and music entertainment services, and business telephone. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at www.charter.com.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com
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