Tech Briefs

Aug 5, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Pathfire to adopt Flip delivery technology
Pathfire plans to incorporate Telestream’s Flip technology into its technology platform, Digital Media Gateway, which provides digital delivery of affiliate news feeds to TV stations. Telestream’s tools allow files to be sent from the Digital Media Gateway server to newsroom destination devices, such as a video server or a news editing system. Previously, Pathfire’s system did not route the files further down the news chain. The licensing of Telestream’s technology will allow content to be managed and distributed digitally with metadata attached from point of origin through Pathfire’s servers to the station to air.
Digital video recorders to catch on slowly
Homes with digital video recorders will grow from about 1 million today to 15 million in five years, according to a forecast by Leichtman Research Group. However, that sizable number does not represent widespread consumer adoption, the report said. More than 25 percent of consumers are interested in getting TV programs on demand, but only 5 percent say they are willing to pay for such a device along with a monthly fee.
Starz Encore links with N2 satellite system
Starz Encore Group will rely on N2 Broadband’s satellite delivery system to distribute its subscription video-on-demand content to its cable affiliate partners. N2’s MediaPath technology allows for end-to-end delivery of on-demand content through a so-called “pitcher and catcher” model. Starz Encore expects to deploy the technology later this year.