Concurrent Introduces Personal TV ``pTV'', Launching Television Viewing into the Future.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
NCTA NCTA National Cable & Telecommunications Association (fka National Cable Television Association)
NCTA National Cable Television Association (now the National Cable & Telecommunications Association) Booth #3023
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2002
Concurrent's pTV Solution Provides Opportunity for Added
Revenue for Cable Operators
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Recognizing that television viewing is no longer one-dimensional, Concurrent is capitalizing on its leadership in the cable industry by continuing to build on its successful commercial VOD and subscription VOD (SVOD SVOD Subscription Video on Demand
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"Concurrent's pTV architecture is the next step for cable operators to create a personalized, interactive television viewing experience for their subscribers," said Joe Parola, Concurrent vice president, Market Development, North American Cable.
With Concurrent's pTV Solution, cable operators will not only be able to offer their customers unique "everything on demand" choices, they will be able to offer the ultimate in consumer convenience, choice, and control, allowing subscribers to watch anything they want at their own convenience, while creating incremental Additional or increased growth, bulk, quantity, number, or value; enlarged.
Incremental cost is additional or increased cost of an item or service apart from its actual cost. revenue opportunities. Concurrent will be demonstrating its pTV Solution at the Cable 2002 Show, May 6-8 in New Orleans New Orleans (ôr`lēənz –lənz, ôrlēnz`), city (2006 pop. 187,525), coextensive with Orleans parish, SE La., between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, 107 mi (172 km) by water from the river mouth; founded , La., booth #3023.
Concurrent's Personal TV (pTV) Solution
VOD and SVOD
Concurrent was the first to enable a personal viewing experience in both VOD and SVOD services. Concurrent supported the first commercial VOD deployment with Time Warner Cable's Oceanic Cable in Hawaii, and Concurrent continues to support the largest commercial VOD deployment in the world at Time Warner Cable's Tampa Bay Tampa Bay, inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, 25 mi (40 km) long and 7 to 12 mi (11.3–19 km) wide, W Fla., separated from the Gulf by numerous small islands; it receives the Hillsborough River. St. Division. Concurrent has captured the leading market share of commercially launched VOD subscribers, with a total of 34 markets serving 9.3 million basic subscribers and 2.4 million digital subscribers. Concurrent has also announced SVOD trials and launches in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Summerville, S.C., and Cincinnati, Oh. Concurrent is now involved in multiple SVOD commercial trials and deployments with multiple operators in multiple markets.
Personal Video Channel (pVC)
Another pTV milestone inaugurated by Concurrent was the industry's first successful network-based personal video recording event that was accomplished through the utilization of Concurrent's pVC technology. With this technology, Time Warner Cable's Oceanic Cable subscribers were able to tune in, at their convenience, to championship boxing fights. The fights were available to subscribers as VOD time-shifted pay-per-view events, supported by Concurrent's MediaHawk(R) Video Server System. Subscribers could watch the events whenever they wanted, with complete VCR VCR: see videocassette recorder.
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1. The act or process of rewinding. , fast forward, and resume play. In addition, Concurrent's pVC technology allowed subscribers to enjoy the benefits of a personalized "instant replay."
Enabled by Concurrent's MediaHawk VOD System, pVC will allow viewers on-demand access of televised programs. The MediaHawk will record television events onto the network-based VOD system, providing subscribers with immediate access via existing digital set-top boxes, with VCR functionality. Subscribers will also be able to exit a recorded program stream to re-join its live broadcast. Concurrent currently has its pVC system installed at a top seven MSO (1) (Multiple System Operator) Typically refers to a cable TV organization that owns more than one cable system, but it may refer to an operator of only one system. corporate site.
Targeted and Interactive Advertising
With pTV, Concurrent cable partners not only have the foundation for VOD, SVOD and pVC, they also have an infrastructure in place for an additional return on investment through targeted advertising. Targeted advertising allows cable operators to extend their on-demand investment into cost-effective advertising by more accurately defining viewer demographics, and therefore "targeting" ads based on a history of viewer preferences and private subscriber profiles. Taken a step further, viewers will be given the opportunity to interact, in real-time, with the advertisements for more information and even ordering.
Concurrent has announced partnerships with Everstream for targeted and interactive advertising. The Everstream software enables Concurrent's pTV System and MediaHawk Video Server platform to provide advertising opportunities in real time to the multiple video streams it currently delivers on demand. Concurrent has also partnered with Navic Networks for targeted and interactive advertising, leveraging the addressable Reachable. When something is addressable, it can be identified and manipulated independently of its surroundings. For example, screen pixels and RAM memory are addressable. Each of the screen's picture elements can be individually turned on and off, and each of the memory's bytes can be advertising capabilities of Navic's Settop Data Services (SDS 1. (company) SDS - Scientific Data Systems.
2. (tool) SDS - Schema Definition Set. ) platform and the advanced interactive video technologies of Concurrent's MediaHawk system to provide powerful enhancements to the data transfer capabilities of existing set-top networks.
Focusing on the consumer's desire for choice, convenience, and control, Concurrent's pTV architecture is an evolving solution that will involve working with customers and partners to bring to market the true next-generation television and interactive entertainment.
Concurrent's MediaHawk Video Server Series Family
At the heart of Concurrent's pTV solution is its family of MediaHawk Video Servers. MediaHawk Video Servers are robust, scalable, high-performance, open, and fault-tolerant systems Fault-tolerant systems
Systems, predominantly computing and computer-based systems, which tolerate undesired changes in their internal structure or external environment. . Optimized for delivering a full spectrum of iTV and pTV applications, Concurrent's MediaHawk supports a wide array of services, such as today's near Video-On-Demand (NVOD NVOD Near Video On Demand ), Video-On-Demand (VOD), and subscription VOD (SVOD), as well as future pTV applications such as Personal Video Channel (pVC(TM)), targeted and interactive advertising, and targeted virtual channels. The MediaHawk Video Server also enables video-based education, corporate enterprise communications, and training. Integrated with other broadband technologies, products, and services -- digital video delivery networks, set-top boxes (STBs), middleware, interactive program guides (IPGs), conditional access systems A conditional access system (CAS) is a system by which electronic transmission of digital media, especially satellite television signals through cable, is limited to subscribed clients. This is called conditional access. (CAS), digital rights management (DRM (1) (Digital Radio Mondiale) A digital audio broadcasting (DAB) system for AM radio in Europe. See HD Radio.
(2) (Digital Rights M ) systems, content delivery networks (CDNs), asset management systems, and iTV applications -- the MediaHawk Video Server family provides the foundation for a completely integrated end-to-end pTV solution.
Concurrent Computer Corporation (http://www.ccur.com) is a leading provider of high-performance computer systems, software, and servers. Concurrent Computer Corporation's XSTREME Division is a leading supplier in the emerging digital video server marketplace. This market includes broadband VOD and rich streaming media See streaming audio, streaming video and digital media hub. applications such as corporate training, education, hospitality, and digital video-to-the-home. Concurrent is also a leading provider of high-performance, real-time computer systems, solutions, and software for commercial and government markets. Concurrent's 35-year-old Real-Time business focuses on strategic market areas that include hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation, data acquisition, industrial systems, and software.
Operating worldwide, Concurrent provides sales and support from offices throughout North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Concurrent brings over 35 years of real-time experience to the broadband VOD and rich streaming media industries, and has become a market leader. Today, Concurrent's worldwide broadband VOD and rich streaming media trials and deployments include: AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. Time Warner Cable This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. - 15 markets; Beijing Fengtai Cable - China; Blue Ridge Blue Ridge, eastern range of the Appalachian Mts., extending south from S Pa. to N Ga.; highest mountains in the E United States. Mt. Mitchell, 6,684 ft (2,037 m) high, is the tallest peak. Beginning with a narrow ridge in the north, c. Communications - Pennsylvania; Charter - multiple markets; Cogeco Cable - Quebec and Ontario, Canada; Comcast - 9 markets; Cox - 3 markets; Horizon.com - Singapore; Mediacom - one market; NXTV Inc. - 4 hotels; OLYMPUS Optical - Hamburg, Germany; Safari Technologies - 16 educational institutions throughout North America; Shanghai Telecom - China; and VOD Pty Ltd PTY LTD Propriety Limited (company structure in Australia) ./TransAct - Australia.
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