Cabot wins Cable and Satellite Award at IBC

Sep 15, 2008

CSI 2008 WinnerCabot Communications, the specialist digital TV software supplier, announces that it has won the ‘Best Interactive TV Technology or Application’ award at the Cable and Satellite 2008 Awards at the ceremony at IBC on 13th September.

Cabot won the award for their joint Push VOD ‘Catch Up’ TV project with the BBC.  CatchUp TV builds on commodity DVR technology to offer the viewer a highly engaging on-demand experience using MHEG-5 extensions to control DVR resources.  It provides means for programmes and interactive applications to be automatically “pushed” into storage within the DVR.  These can then be accessed via a novel and visually rich user interface provided by a previously downloaded MHEG-5 interactive application.  It also allows innovative new interactive television services to be offered, which seamlessly mix content from the broadcast stream and DVR storage.  Pushing programmes onto a DVR ensures that there is always a broad range of programmes available for on-demand access. 

Bob Lamb, Managing Director of Cabot Communications commented “Cabot is delighted to have won this Cable & Satellite Award.  Our continuous technology development programme and technological collaborations provide us with a unique capability to provide our customers with the most progressive and practical digital technology.   We are honoured to accept this award and will continue to dedicate our resources to ensuring that our solutions are at the forefront of the industry, taking full advantage of the latest technology and industry trends.” 

Cabot was also shortlisted for an award in the ‘Best HDTV Technology or Project’ category for AuroraTV: a complete, HD platform independent solution which provides full TV control for picture, sound and interactive services.  Cabot is demonstrating these technologies alongside other extensions to their DVB portfolio at IBC 2008, stand number 1.F48.