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PPV time-shift

Mon, 11/20/2000 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Concurrent Computer 's personal video technology (PVC) has delivered the first pay-per-view events as VOD.

Time Warner's Hawaii-based Oceanic Cable subs tuned in two championship boxing fights whenever they wanted, not when the network dictated they would be shown. A real plus for the time zone the islands are in. The two fights aired Oct. 20 and Nov. 11.

The programs were stored on Concurrent's MediaHawk video servers and subs had VCR-like control - pause, rewind and fast-forward. Subscribers could also play referee and get their own personalized instant replay. The technology let subs fast-forward through breaks, between rounds and catch up with the fights in progress in real-time. The PVC technology delayed the real-time event by only three seconds.

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