Charter to Launch VOD in 9 Markets


Charter Communications Inc. will launch video-on-demand service in nine
additional markets by the end of this year, bringing the MSO's total deployment
to 21 markets.

The new markets are Allendale, Mich.; Fond du Lac, Janesville and Madison,
Wis.; Jackson, Kingsport and Manchester, Tenn.; Kennewick, Wash.; and St.
Peters, Mo.

The launch is part of St. Louis-based Charter's strategy to bring more
on-demand services to its subscriber base.

It already has deployed subscription VOD in St. Louis and
Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., and the operator recently announced that it would
roll out free on-demand using Rainbow Media Corp.'s Mag Rack content service in
four markets by the end of this year.

Charter will use Concurrent Computer Corp.'s 'MediaHawk Broadband VOD System'
to serve up content in Allendale, St. Peters, Fond du Lac, Janesville, and
Madison. That brings Concurrent's Charter deployment to 11 markets.

In the remaining four markets, Charter will use nCUBE's 'Gigabit Ethernet'
VOD delivery system and 'n4X' enhanced video server. That will bring nCUBE's
deployments in the MSO's territory to 10 markets.

Prices for the VOD titles range from 99 cents for children's programming to
$3.99 for new-release movies.