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Concurrent finds Canadian help; gets VOD to schools

Mon, 04/23/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Concurrent Computer Corp. found itself a Canadian distributor for its VOD systems, and sold five of its MediaHawk video servers to American school districts and universities.

Its exclusive agent in Canada is TVC Canada, a long-time distributor and integrator of broadband products and services, formerly known as Comsource Broadband Technologies Corp.

Target customers include Rogers Cable and its 2.2 million subscribers, Videotron's 1.6 million subscribers, Shaw Communications' 2.8 million subscribers and Cogeco's 907,000 subscribers — plus sundry other MSOs, Concurrent says.

The two will develop VOD and ITV in the Canadian market.

Meantime, Concurrent's MediaHawk servers will be used to deliver VOD to school districts in Allen and Commerce, Texas; and Kirkwood, Mo. Likewise, New York City's university and Lehman College will incorporate the servers.

The servers will deliver encoded educational content to the classrooms via baseband video to the TV from a Safari Technologies control and distribution system. Safari purchased the servers for the schools. The system lets teachers have access from the classroom to educational and other media sources, Concurrent reports.

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