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Time Warner Expands VOD Reach

26 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

Time Warner Cable will deploy nCUBE Corp.'s video-on-demand (VOD) system to seven additional markets in the United States, joining TWC's Los Angeles Division, which selected nCUBE in November the company announced.

"Time Warner Cable is a recognized leader in advancing the deployment of VOD worldwide and we are proud to expand our relationship," said Michael Pohl, president CEO, nCUBE Corp. "As digital penetration and available content increases, the on-demand services landscape will continue to evolve and VOD will become the portal to a new era of television where everything, from prime-time programming to games and weather will be available on demand. nCUBE has the ability to support both the present and future of on-demand TV."

nCUBE's n4 Streaming Media Appliance enables cable system operators to provide subscribers on-demand television and movie options, including VOD and network personal video recording (nPVR).

The company's customer and partner list includes: AT&T Broadband, Charter Communications, Gemstar-TV Guide, Kingston Communications, Liberate Technologies, Motorola, OpenTV, Scientific-Atlanta and Time Warner Cable.

Other Time Warner Cable divisions either already offer VOD or are rolling it out using SeaChange International, Inc.'s systems.

Seven divisions are already live, providing movies, HBO subscriber video-on-demand (SVOD) programming and other services.

"SeaChange has the honor of being selected for the largest number of Time Warner divisions and we're helping them to dramatically make television more personal,'' said Bill Styslinger, president and CEO, SeaChange International. "Throughout the U.S. we're working closely with Time Warner divisions to create compelling digital services that are getting subscribers excited."

Time Warner Cable of Austin, Texas, offers digital subscriber base with on-demand movies, and was the first Time Warner division to add HBO subscription VOD.

The profile of Time Warner Cable divisions varies widely, including subscriber counts, deployment infrastructure and digital settop boxes. In many Time Warner locations VOD systems are running in unmanned cable hubs, with integrated software enabling remote monitoring and management. The full lifecycle of a video asset is automated, from the time a new movie or program is propagated across hubs and servers until the expiration of the studio contract.

Six of the eight largest cable operators in North America use SeaChange VOD systems, the company reported.

In addition to Time Warner Cable, Adelphia, Cablevision, Comcast, Rogers Cable, and Cox Hospitality Network have also chosen SeaChange. SeaChange VOD systems are deployed in the two largest cable systems in the U.S., and claims more than 12 million residential subscribers across North America will have access to VOD from SeaChange by this summer.

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