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Arris IPTV headend powers BT Sport

November 26, 2013

The Arris Group Systems Integration team has engineered an IPTV headend for BT, located at BT Tower in London, providing the distribution engine for BT TV and BT Sport.

BT Sport, which launched on August 1st in the UK and Ireland, is now available in some four million homes.

David Mason of BT, Head of Delivery – TV Service Platforms said: “The reliability of Arris technology, expertise and collaboration gives us the confidence that we have a leading delivery platform that is providing our customers with an excellent viewing experience.”

ARRIS has deployed its encoders and application platform to deliver a wide array of digital video experiences in standard-definition and high-definition.

The headend solution architected by Arris brought together solutions from Screen for DVB subtitling, Miranda for core processing functions, and Brocade for IP switches and routers. The solution was designed with encoder redundancy and separate disaster recovery capabilities to ensure the headend system can recover seamlessly from any possible outages while bolstering capacity.

“BT needed a technology and Systems Integration partner to develop and evolve its headend, and ARRIS was the natural choice to be the prime contractor, with our global track record of innovation and expertise,” says Steve McCaffery, Senior Vice President, EMEA, ARRIS. “Our technical and commercial relationship with BT continues to develop, and the quality of our collaboration is clearly demonstrated by the world-class headend solution at BT Tower.”

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