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Citizens Cable Deploys Tut’s ‘Astria’

Citizens Cable Communications has deployed Tut Systems Inc.’s “Astria” content-processor platform, marking what the vendor said was its first commercial deployment of an all-Internet-protocol digital-TV headend by a traditional cable operator.

The operator is using Tut’s Astria to provide130 standard-definition channels, 47 digital-music channels and 10 HDTV channels to its subscribers in Westmoreland County, Pa.

“Citizens Cable is breaking ground as one of the first cable operators in the United States to deliver IP video to the edge of their traditional cable network," Tut vice president of marketing Mark Tiedeman said in a prepared statement.

“We're seeing strong demand for IP-video-transport solutions from triple-play service providers looking to deliver video, voice and data services to their customers,” he added.