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Concurrent strikes TV Everywhere deal with J:Com

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 3:47pm
Mike Robuck

Concurrent landed a deal with J:Com, which is Japan’s largest cable operator, to help deliver TV Everywhere services to multiple devices.

J:Com (Jupiter Communications) has deployed Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX to serve up multi-screen VOD services to mobile devices and PCs.  The new TV Everywhere service, which is called "Xvie," allows J:Com subscribers to view "J:COM On Demand" video programming anywhere, anytime, on a wide range of IP connected consumer electronics devices, including Apple iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. 

The service allows programs to be started on one screen, paused, and continued on any other screen, which enables seamless video viewing from one device to another.

"J:Com was interested in deploying a flexible, high performance HTTP delivery solution that could help us support next generation TV Everywhere services," said Hidetaka Haga, manager of service development for J:Com. "Concurrent enabled us to easily expand our video-on-demand services to connected devices using the same MediaHawk VX software platform we use to support our set-top box based customers. 

“By extending our reach beyond the TV to a new array of video screens, we can tap into additional sources of revenue and enable our customers to take advantage of J:Com's video services in new ways.”

J:Com, which has 2.5 million subscribers, also uses the MediaHawk platform to support traditional VOD and time-shifted TV services for cable set-top boxes.

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