Concurrent today announced that Cogeco Cable, a subsidiary of Cogeco Inc., has signed a master purchase agreement that made Concurrent its preferred provider for video-on-demand (VOD) gear. 

Concurrent said the multi-year deal supports expansion and upgrades to Cogeco’s existing on-demand platform and gives the operator the opportunity to launch a host of new services to its 400,000 digital subscribers in Quebec and Ontario, including time-shifted television, network DVR and advanced advertising.

“Concurrent has been a strong partner with Cogeco since we first launched on-demand in 2002,” said Chris MacFarlane, vice president of corporate engineering for Cogeco Cable.” This partnership has significantly contributed to the success this service has seen with our customers. This new agreement formalizes the value we place on this relationship and helps us move with confidence into the next generation of on-demand services.”

Cogeco’s existing systems will be upgraded and expanded using Concurrent’s MediaHawk 4500 video servers with the latest Linux-based MediaHawk software release. 

Concurrent said its MediaHawk 4500 features “Gatling Resilient Streaming Technology,” which automatically detects failures and instantly routes stream demands to alternate resources in order to prevent any interruption of VOD sessions, providing an unparalleled quality of service to consumers.

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