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TWC taps Concurrent 2000 servers for Fla. unit

Wed, 12/05/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Time Warner Cable's central Florida unit bought 73 MediaHawk Model 2000 video servers from Concurrent Computer Corp. to support its VOD rollout. The cableco also will use back-office products from CCC.

A CCC spokeswoman would not disclose financial terms.

The central Florida division is TWC's third largest, with more than 1 million homes passed and nearly 700,000 basic subscribers, CCC says. The division has about 300,000 Scientific-Atlanta and Pioneer digital set-top boxes installed, and uses the Pioneer Passport electronic program guide.

The MediaHawk video servers are part of the MediaHawk Broadband VOD system, which also includes the business management system. The BMS manages content, subscriber demographics, transaction and use analysis, billing and order fulfillment, the company says.

Early last month, Concurrent announced that TWC had added Summerville and Myrtle Beach to a Columbia, S.C., test area, using CCC's MediaHawk servers. CCC's servers were part of six trials with two cable operators, it said then.

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

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

The company set up similar deals with TWC in Tampa, in January, and recently, in Houston.

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