Comcast Wholesale Announces Upgrade to the HITS Content Distribution Platform
Comcast Wholesale and NCTC Sign Agreement to Offer Upgraded Platform to Members
Denver, CO, June 14, 2016– Comcast Wholesale, a Comcast Platform Services division, today announced an agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to offer its members the newly upgraded HITS platform. The upgrade transitions the remaining six multiplexes of 64 QAM HITS services to 256 QAM DVB-S2 technology. The upgrade began in late May 2016 and will run through July 2016.
The centralized HITS platform from Comcast Wholesale has served local and independent cable operators with MPEG-2 content distribution since 1996. The upgrade represents the latest in Comcast Wholesale’s continued introduction of technologies designed to help cable operators, content providers and advertisers navigate the digital world simply. Comcast Wholesale offers centralized services and integrated platforms, such as HITS, VOD content distribution, or its new international voice termination services, that utilize Comcast’s infrastructure and scale to provide cost savings and innovations to its customers.
Vice President of Comcast Wholesale, Leslie Russell notes, “We are excited to offer NCTC members a cost-effective solution that supports the majority of consumer premise equipment (CPE) in the field. The upgrade allows cable operators to maximize their existing investments while growing their service offerings to remain competitive.”
“We are pleased that Comcast Wholesale has continued to support HITS for the NCTC members and has continued to make improvements for bandwidth efficiency,” adds Rich Fickle, NCTC president & CEO.
The new 256 DVB-S2 technology reduces the bandwidth and equipment required for cable operators to provide SD and HD channels to their subscribers. The reclaimed bandwidth and equipment can be used to offer additional advanced services such as Video on Demand (VOD) or DOCSIS 3.1.
About Comcast Wholesale
Comcast Wholesale, a Comcast Platform Services division, is in the business of pioneering simple solutions for our customers. Our complete approach reduces the complexities of distribution through advanced network architecture, an extensive distribution footprint, continuous innovation of digital technologies, and optimized media management for a broad range of content. Scalable from small independents to global companies, our service portfolio creates a clear path to technologies that let you do more and do more simply. To find out how to simplify your world, go to www.comcastwholesale.com.
About the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC)
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long-term sustainability of its member companies. For more information, visit www.nctconline.org.
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