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CableLabs Issues New VOD Spec

CableLabs Issues New VOD Spec

Alan Breznick

May 23, 2006

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CableLabs Issues New VOD Spec

CableLabs has come out with a more advanced tech spec for managing video-on-demand (VOD) programming. The new standard, known as the VOD Metadata Content Specification 2.0, aims at helping cable operators offer better on-demand search capabilities to their subscribers. CableLabs said the new spec, which it unveiled earlier today, represents a significant improvement over the VOD 1.1 standard that MSOs widely use now. Specifically, the consortium claimed that the new spec will reduce backend content transport and storage demands while boosting the amount of standardized metadata that can be tapped for customer searches. In addition, CableLabs argued that the new spec will simplify VOD navigation, permitting on-demand viewers to track down desired video scenes quicker and easier than before. Plus, CableLabs said the 2.0 metadata content standard will let MSOs reuse video programming in various combinations without having to re-encode the content. For example, cable operators could present the programming as a single feature or as part of a double feature without the need for re-encoding. Or MSOs could swap movie trailers without any re-encoding.

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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