nCube’s Technology Enables Telefonica VOD Service

nCUBE and Telefonica de Espania have signed a deal to bring video on demand to a number of trial areas in Spain.

nCUBE are not just known for their VOD systems – they are also a leader in advert insertion systems where digital adverts are inserted into cable content.  The deal with Telefonica de Espana will provide viewers in the Madrid/Barcelona/Alicante regions with films and other content though their ADSL connection to a set-top box, and so straight to their TV – users won’t need a PC.  The service will be called “imagenio”.

Users will be able to control the content through their remotes.  nCUBE hope to be able to offer “everything on demand” (which their website helpfully terms as “EOD”) in the future.

Michael Pohl, president and CEO of nCUBE Corporation said “This strategic relationship with Telefonica is further validation of nCUBE’s flexibility and ability to cost-effectively deliver compelling on-demand services across multiple platforms, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to expand their VOD offering.”

n4x servers can cast to communities of between 5,000 and 500,000 users – ideal for scattered populations and dense cities.  The nCUBE platform can provide 140,000 hours of content – which is a lot of dodgy soap operas in anyone’s book.

The nCUBE platform:

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?