New Technology Expands Video On Demand
A system that will purportedly enable cable TV providers to vastly expand their video-on-demand offerings at a relatively low cost is due to be unveiled at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam on Friday. The system, the result of a collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and Concurrent, will give cable companies the ability to offer subscribers the means to access "hundreds of thousands of content hours" not only via their traditional settop cable boxes but also via smartphones, tablets and other mobile video devices, the companies said in a statement. The system represents a merger of Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix content distribution network (CDN) and Concurrent's MediaHawk servers that the companies said will allow cable providers to offer their customers "the programming rich 'TV Everywhere' experience they are seeking." The companies said that they have already carried out a test of the system with an unspecified "tier 1" operator.