Rogers Hires ActiveVideo CTO to Lead IPTV Shift
Cable engineering vet John Callahan has left ActiveVideo to join Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) Communications and run its IP video transition. Light Reading Cable reported in March that the move was imminent. (See 'Start Over' Pioneer to Join Rogers .)
Callahan started with Rogers in mid-May as VP of its next-generation video realization program, a precious name to be sure. Callahan was previously an engineer at former Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), where he helped pioneer the operator's Full Service Network video-on-demand/interactive TV trial in Orlando. There he also helped develop its "Start Over" app. He now reports to Bob Berner, Rogers's CTO and EVP of network.
Our sources describe the Rogers next-gen video strategy as focusing on video-over-Docsis and cloud-based navigation and apps systems. Callahan is said to be in charge of that massive IP video transition.
And that should give Callahan, who was also involved in Time Warner Cable's 2006 broadband TV trial with RealNetworks Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), another chance to break new ground for the cable industry. Callahan will help Rogers develop what's likely to be the first pure IP video services platform for hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks. (See Time Warner Starts Over on BBTV.)
The jumping off point of the project appears to be NextBox 2.0, a new video product from Rogers that uses hybrid QAM/IP video gateways and other elements of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Videoscape platform. (See Rogers Fires Up Cisco's Videoscape.)
Callahan most recently was CTO of ActiveVideo, which has its own cloud TV technology and is a Cisco Videoscape technology partner. ActiveVideo has not yet named his successor. (See Cisco & ActiveVideo Go Steady and 'Start Over' Pioneer Restarts at ActiveVideo.)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable