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TWC drives VOD/multi-ISP in three deals

Sun, 11/04/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Time Warner Cable signed deals with three vendors for its systems in South Carolina and Los Angeles, and for its VOD services.

The company will buy 77 MediaHUBs from nCUBE to help deliver its VOD services in Los Angeles, where TWC has more than 363,000 customers.

nCUBE says it will deploy a centralized server architecture for TWC headends in Orange, South Bay and West Valley counties. The MediaHUBs are part of nCUBE's n4 Streaming Media appliances, and will deliver more than 9,000 streams, the company says. West Valley will get 35 of the media hubs, creating a video server capable of simultaneously delivering 4,200 streams from a single piece of MPEG-2 video content. nCUBE says the server can scale to more than 30,000 streams.

An nCUBE spokeswoman says neither company will disclose financial terms.

Separately, TWC will deploy BroadJump Inc.'s Virtual Truck Installer in is multiple-ISP systems. The self-install program means a cable company needn't send out a technician to manually install service in the multiple-ISP system.

TWC has been using the installer system on its Road Runner service since July 1999.

Terms of the deal are undisclosed, says BroadJump spokeswoman Suzanne Tieszen.

BroadJump says TWC has begun deploying the installer in the systems in Columbus, Ohio; Tampa, Fla.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Raleigh, N.C. Deployments will continue in more of TWC's multi-ISP markets through the rest of the year.

Per mandates from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission stemming from the AOL Time Warner merger, TWC has launched multiple-ISP service with EarthLink Inc. in nearly 20 U.S. cities since mid-September.

Today the two launched EarthLink's service to 750,000 homes in TWC's Milwaukee service area, a move that brings the duo to about 14 cities and more than 7 million customers.

Finally, Concurrent Computer Corp. says TWC added Summerville and Myrtle Beach to the Columbia, S.C., test area, using CCC's MediaHawk servers. CCC's servers are part of six trials with two cable operators, it adds.

Under the deal, TWC will use 17 MediaHawk Model 2000s to provide Home Box Office SVOD trials to its 328,000 basic subscribers in Columbia. It also will use eight of the servers in its Myrtle Beach system and four servers in the Summerville market.

CCC says the SVOD deployments use HBO On Demand applications from PowerTV, and the trials are on both Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola digital networks, with a variety of programming providers.

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