Mediacom, Blue Ridge Tap Concurrent for VOD
Proving that video-on-demand isn't only for the largest MSOs, Blue Ridge Communications and Mediacom Communications Corp. said they will deploy the technology via separate agreements with Concurrent Computer Corp.
In the case of Blue Ridge, the operator said initial deployments will begin the first quarter of 2002 via Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s digital cable platform, integrating Concurrent's "MediaHawk" VOD platform with Pioneer Electronics' "Passport" guide. The MSO, which serves about 170,000 subs in Pennsylvania, will roll out movies-on-demand and subscription-VOD in Stroudsburg, Ephrata, Leighton and a number of other communities in the Northeastern portion of the state.
Blue Ridge added that it was "very interested" in Concurrent's "Personal Video Channel," a headend-based personal video recording product.
Mediacom, meanwhile, said it plans to launch VOD before the end of this year after integrating the service with deployed Motorola Broadband Communications Sector-built "DCT-2000" digital cable boxes. Mediacom, whose systems pass about 2.6 million homes, also will become the first to launch VOD on Motorola's National Authorization Service. A Mediacom official said cities where it plans to offer the service initially would be disclosed as launch dates approach.