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Charter puts VOD into orbit with TVN

Wed, 07/31/2002 - 8:00pm
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After signing two video-on-demand server deals in the wake of Diva Systems' bankruptcy, Charter Communications Inc. said it will answer the content side of the VOD equation via a deal with TVN Entertainment Corp.

Under terms of the deal, TVN will encode on-demand content for the MSO from its Digital Network Operations Center and transport VOD titles and subscription-VOD content via TVN's Secure Satellite Transmission (SST) system. Further, Charter will be able to view and manipulate those on-demand assets remotely via the combination of TVN's Automated Digital On-Line Network Interactive Scheduling System (ADONISS) and Affiliate Remote Interface (ARI).

Charter also will tap TVN to aggregate on-demand content including movies and specialty programming, although Charter is also free to negotiate deals directly with content owners, said Jim Riley, TVN's senior vice president, business development.

"We'll give [Charter] the opportunity to do the deal that makes the most sense," he added, noting that Charter, for example, could forge SVOD deals directly with premium networks like HBO, Showtime and StarzEncore, if it so wishes.

The deal with TVN will give Charter "the flexibility to customize content on individual servers to better match system demographics and customer interests," said Charter Vice President of Programming and Pay-Per-View Patty McCaskill, in a press release.

TVN is the latest company to join Charter's VOD roster following the demise of its former primary VOD server vendor, Diva Systems, which filed for bankruptcy on May 29 and sold off its assets to Gemstar-TV Guide International. Since then, Charter has inked VOD server/system deals with Concurrent Computer Corp. and nCUBE Corp.

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