Broadbus Adds Adelphia Six Pack


Broadbus Technologies said Adelphia Communications Corp. has launched its on-demand video servers in six markets, passing more than 2 million homes.

The launch markets include: Staunton, Va.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Loudoun, Va./Frederick, Md.; Augusta, Maine; South Dade, Florida, and Canton, Ga.

The launches actually date back to last year, in the case of West Palm Beach.

With the deals, Broadbus now accounts for one-third of the video streams Adelphia pushes out each day, according to chairman and CEO Vin Bisceglia.

“Adelphia was one of the first-tier large MSOs with Broadbus,” Bisceglia said. “They really looked closely at our technology.”

The deployments are all newly launched video-on-demand sites, Bisceglia said.

What’s also interesting is that most of the markets are small to medium-sized. Broadbus’s B1 server can scale to 6,000 streams, and there are 11 servers spread over the six markets, Bisceglia said.

System operators can make VOD services work economically via Broadbus servers, even with as few as 1,000 simultaneous streams, said Bisceglia.

The company separates streaming from storage, so if an operator adds to their number of streams served, they don’t have to pay for more space. “You can add blades just as they add streams,” he said.

Adelphia is using about 2,000 hours of storage, he said.

Bisceglia attributes Broadbus’s cable inroads to several factors. “The reliability and stability of the platform has been questioned as VOD becomes a more mainstream application,” he said. “Getting more of a world-class reliable infrastructure platform is essential. We have a fully meshed back-plane switch.”

Broadbus said it’s now deployed in 50 markets passing 10 million homes worldwide, with contracts with Charter Communications Inc., Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable and Rogers Communications Inc.