BCi has developed and implemented Europe's first open-architecture Video-On-Demand System for cable customers in Belgium.

The Belgian communications company, Telenet has been working with BCi over the past six months to create and roll-out an open architecture Video-On-Demand system for cable customers across the Flanders region, allowing viewers to view, fast forward, pause and rewind broadcast programming and movies at the touch of a button.
 
John Bartlett, BCi's Managing Director said "We have been working with Telenet to produce the most advanced Video-On-Demand system possible, using best of breed products. In an emerging broadcasting landscape it is important not only to deliver an exceptionally high-quality on demand system, but also to act in the interest of the client to develop a secure system that is 'future-proofed' to allow for expansion  with consumer demand and increased services."

The platform will deliver broadcast and on demand services to 1.6 million homes passed in the Flanders region through the existing cable television network.  The on demand service has full functionality and enables the subscriber to view movies and some broadcast programming as they would a DVD.
 
Jan Vorstermans,  Executive Vice President Technology & Infrastructure at TeleNet says "We looked for a long time to find the right team to design a system that would meet our needs. We chose BCi because they had an in-depth experience and understanding of the broadcasting industry, and also had the most technologically brilliant team who grasped Telenet's need for Open Architecture and delivered it."

"Currently the system is showing selected broadcast programming and movies but we are looking to broaden our offering with a variety of exciting video content, which is why scalability has been critical is the development of our Video on Demand system."

About BCi

BCi is an access networks systems integrator with particular focus on the Digital Broadcast and Mobile Network markets. Formed in 1999, BCi has played a part in most of the Digital Platform launches within the UK and is now expanding rapidly into Europe.

About Telenet

Telenet is the largest provider of broadband cable services in Belgium. Its business comprises the provision of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services, primarily to residential customers in Flanders. In addition, Telenet offers services to business customers all across Belgium and in Luxembourg under its brand Telenet Solutions.

Published on: 12:00AM on 24th October 2005