* BigBand nets muni deal
San Bruno Municipal Cable TV of California is powering a range of digital video and video-on-demand services with the BigBand Networks BME (Broadband Multimedia-Service Edge) and BMR (Broadband Mutlimedia Serivce Router).
The muni is leveraging the BMR for digital channel lineup grooming and “RateShaping,” a technique that improves bandwidth efficiency. The BME, when linked to video servers, is directing the correct content to customers as well as handling edge QAM modulation.
* Gordon heads up tech at ICTV
Don Gordon has joined ICTV Inc., maker of the “Headendware” interactive television platform, as chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering.
Gordon, who appears on 26 patents related to MPEG video and network-based interactive services, joins ICTV following more than a decade at Microsoft Corp. and its TV division, and at Diva Systems, a pioneer video-on-demand vendor that went out of business in 2002.