Arris Lands Vectra Set-Top Deal

Vectra has selected a hybrid set-top from Arris to help the second-largest cable operator accelerate its IP migration and analog reclamation project.

Vectra, an MSO with more than 860,000 total customers and 490,000 taking digital TV services, said it will start to deploy the Arris HMC3021 set-top by this summer. Arris describes the HMC3021 as a low-cost “zapper” designed to deliver HD video as well as VOD to basic subscribers. The device supports standard MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 transport streams and a SmartCard interface that can handle multiple conditional access systems.

“With the analogue switch over in Poland coming later this year, many Polish service providers are looking for the most flexible and cost-effective way to manage this transition," said Steve McCaffery, Arris VP and GM of EMEA, in a statement.

Arris and Vectra made the announcement at this week’s ANGA show in Cologne, Germany.

Among other ANGA announcements, Germany’s ROPA Television said it will use the Arris ST-6000 Series video transcoder to deliver multichannel services. EONA, a company specializing IPTV and VOD services for the hospitality industry, also announced it will use the Arris SecureMedia Encryptonite ONE platform to secure premium content that it pipes to 5,500 IPTV “access points” in 45 hotels and hospitals in seven countries.

Arris obtained both the ST-6000 and SecureMedia products line via its $2.35 billion acquisition of Motorola Home.