At last week's Eastern Show in Atlanta, Concurrent Computer Corp. president
and CEO Jack Bryant warned critics of video-on-demand's laggard rollout that
there is a lot of work being done behind the scenes than the public is unaware
He wasn't kidding. The curtain was pulled back a bit Tuesday when Concurrent
announced that it had won a 'strategic volume-purchase agreement' from Comcast
Cable Communications Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In addition to that deal, Concurrent said, Comcast has ordered 79 'MediaHawk'
servers for eight systemwide VOD deployments.
While all of those systems remain undisclosed for now, Comcast will offer VOD
to customers via a mix of Motorola Broadband Communications Sector 'DCT-2000'
and Scientific-Atlanta Inc. digital boxes, the companies said.
Those VOD launches 'will be an important next step in our digital strategy to
offer customers even more viewing choices than ever,' Comcast Cable president
Steve Burke said in a press release.
Last week, Bryant said Concurrent, which at the time had seven VOD
deployments to its credit with Cox Communications Inc., Time Warner Cable,
Comcast and other MSOs, expects to boost that figure to 19 by the end of
Concurrent said the eight-system deal with Comcast has allowed the company to
reaffirm its previous third-quarter guidance of $10 million in VOD revenue. When
combined with another $10 million from Concurrent's Real-Time division, the
company expects to break even for the quarter.