NexHorizons Chooses Blankom USA for Digital Headend TransitionWednesday, October 8th, 2008
MSO to Use Blankom Exclusively for Chula Vista, CA System, Future System Acquisitions
PLAINSBORO, NJ — Blankom USA announced today that NexHorizon Communications, Inc. (OTC:NXHZ), a Delaware corporation, has chosen the Blankom turnkey digital cable television solution for its system in Chula Vista, CA. In addition, as part of the agreement between the two companies, NexHorizon will use Blankom USA as its exclusive digital headend provider for systems it will acquire in the future.
NexHorizon recently announced that it had entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Phoenix Communications, Inc. of Michigan. That deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2009. Blankom USA is the U.S. arm of Blankom Antennentechnik GmbH, Germany, one of the world’s leading providers of turnkey headend solutions with more than 10,000 installed systems worldwide.
The Blankom headend system is a highly cost- and space-efficient, non-proprietary, open system that features an easy-to-use, remote controllable management interface. It supports both RF and IP video distribution and interfaces to any conditional access system with separable security cards and multiple set-top choices.
For the Chula Vista system, the headend will convert the system from 60 analog channels to 125 digital channels, with such customer features as PVR and HD. NexHorizon’s subscriber management system will integrate with the billing system and allow provisioning of voice, video and data from one screen, resulting in operational savings from reduced truck-rolls and the ability to remotely activate or deactivate subscribers’ service.
“Blankom is delivering world-class technology at a very affordable price,” said Calvin D. Smiley, Sr., CEO of NexHorizon. “Besides providing our customers a much stronger and attractive product offering, the Blankom solution will enable us to make a relatively easy transition to IPTV. With its strong, established cable foundation throughout Europe, South America and Asia, Blankom’s technology solutions for the smaller operator here in the U.S. are outstanding. We considered a number of options, but only Blankom could deliver the technology we wanted in the required schedule within our budget, with no ongoing additional costs.”
“We look forward to working with NexHorizon Communications as their exclusive headend provider,” said Gerhard A. Franz, president of Blankom USA. “We appreciate their confidence and value the opportunity to help them provide low-cost, state-of-the-art communication services to their communities.”