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TWC Vet Helms Joins Alticast

Bill Helms, a former engineering exec with Time Warner Cable, has been named chief architect and senior vice president of technology at Alticast, a maker of set-top software and middleware and a provider of tech integration services.

At Alticast, Helms will play a key role in developing new products and apps for interactive, multiscreen, and TV Everywhere services. He reports to Alticast CTO John Carlucci, another former TWC exec who joined Alticast in 2012.

As vice president of subscriber engineering and technology at TWC, Helms was responsible for leading the specification and development efforts of architecture, applications and services for the company’s video product line as well as overseeing the entire development process of the equipment used by TWC subscribers for video, data and telephony. He also led the internal engineering teams responsible for the launch and integration of the TWC navigation application into over 10 million set-tops and was also the lead technical representative on the Downloadable Conditional Access System (DCAS) joint efforts with Comcast and Cox Communications, Alticast said.

Prior to TWC, Helms held tech slots at Scientific-Atlanta (now part of Cisco), Harmonic and DiviCom (Harmonic bought the DiviCom unit of C-Cube Microsytems in 1999).

“Over his 20-plus year career, Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation in the industry as a leader who can innovate and solve problems across the video service provider and supplier community,” Carlucci said, in a statement. “Bill’s technical and business expertise, especially when it comes to understanding complex consumer, technology and operator trends, makes him an excellent addition to the Alticast team where we continue to pioneer industry-leading solutions.”