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Alticast Software Powers New Videotron DVR

Showing off its software smarts, Alticast announced Monday that it played a significant role in developing Canadian operator Videotron's new X8 multi-room DVR.

The X8 DVR lets users record up to eight programs at once, place-shift programming in the home and engage with interactive TV applications. In addition to developing much of the software that powers those features, Alticast Corp. 's engineers were responsible for ensuring that the new set-top would integrate smoothly with Videotron Ltd. 's back-office systems.


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The X8 DVR is part of Videotron's advanced illico interactive TV service, a video platform that the cable company first introduced back in 2012. At that time, Alticast delivered the tru2way middleware stack for Videotron and acted as the primary systems integrator for the illico platform rollout. (See Cisco, Alticast Box Up Videotron Deal.)

While Alticast often works behind the scenes with cable companies, the technology vendor has made more noise over the last year, particularly in promoting its Windmill program guide software and an HDMI streaming stick that supports both the RDK software bundle and a framework of Android drivers. The company also closed on an initial public offering one year ago, joining the Korean stock exchange KOSDAQ under the symbol ATCAST.

Beyond Videotron, primary Alticast customers in North America include Bright House Networks , Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC). (See Alticast Primps for Vegas Spotlight.)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

kq4ym 12/2/2014 | 9:33:28 AM
How Much Video Do I Need? While Alticast is certainly not letting the grass grow under it's products, I wonder if "X8 DVR lets users record up to eight programs at once, place-shift programming in the home and engage with interactive TV applications" is something most folks need or would even use.

DVR is great to have of course, but eight programs recording at once? I'm lucky if I can even keep up with one or two programs waiting for my viewing. And with the growing video on demand market one wonders if people in a few years might relegate it to the closet?
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