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Arroyo scores Charter VOD deployment

Mon, 01/09/2006 - 7:34am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Arroyo Video Solutions formalized its video-on-demand (VOD) relationship with Charter Communications, announcing that the operator has deployed its servers in the Alcoa, Tenn. area.

There, Charter has paired Arroyo's gear with the C-COR Inc. "nABLE" VOD backoffice platform. C-COR, which acquired nCUBE Corp. about a year ago for $89.5 million, also markets a line of video servers, but has attempted to expand its market share by integrating its software with servers from other vendors, including those considered competitors. 

To date, C-COR has announced nABLE integrations with Kasenna Inc. and now-defunct server vendor Midstream Technologies. Charter is using the C-COR/Kasenna combo in Malibu, Calif.

"Arroyo's open standards approach to VOD allowed easy integration with the C-COR nABLE platform in Alcoa for our business management and session-resource management capabilities," said Charter Vice President of Advanced Engineering, Digital Video Pragash Pillai.

Among its VOD deployments, Charter has also teamed the Tandberg Television "OpenStream" backoffice with servers from Kasenna and Broadbus Technologies.

Arroyo's server platform features 10 Gigabit Ethernet support, north of 1,600 streams per rack unit, and the ability to ingest 160 channels per server simultaneously, the company noted.

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Arroyo has also notched deployments with Time Warner Cable in Portland, Maine and Wilmington, N.C.; and with Comcast Cable in South Bend, Ind.

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