Content Gains at TVN, N2, SeaChange

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The apparent impending demise of Diva Systems Corp. — plus an increased demand to move greater amounts of video-on-demand content around the U.S. — spurred a flurry of announcements at the National Show last week.

TVN Entertainment Corp. reported a deal to supply content acquisition, encoding, delivery and asset management to Insight Communications Co.

N2Broadband signed a deal to deliver uplink, downlink and asset management systems for Time Warner Cable and Home Box Office.

And SeaChange International Inc. announced its entry into the video-on-demand delivery business, in conjunction with PanAmSat Corp.

With Diva — its former supplier — getting out of the content business, Insight is negotiating deals directly with some Hollywood studios and producers, and working with TVN for the balance of its VOD needs.

Insight will use TVN's asset-management platform and its secure satellite-transmission service. The MSO will deploy TVN docking stations at its headends.

TVN will encode and archive content; monitor the network; manage the virtual private-network channel; and administer digital-rights management.

Insight will have access to TVN's affiliate remote interface (ARI), which allows the MSO to view and manipulate VOD assets from a Web interface. ARI allows operators to change content offerings on a system-by-system basis.

"TVN operates a comprehensive single-source VOD content, transport and asset management service, providing us with a virtually seamless solution," Insight executive vice president and COO Kim Kelly said in a statement.

LIBRARY GROWS

TVN also continues to add to its content library, which includes general entertainment, music specials, Spanish-language programming and adult fare. It ships about 800 hours of VOD content a month to various operators, including Adelphia Communications Corp., Comcast Corp., RCN Corp. and Seren Innovations Inc.

To that end, it announced a strategic partnership with Image Entertainment/Aviva International, Brentwood Communications, Stonecutter Media, Okimo Entertainment, Kenchenten Associates and Closed Circuit Sports for upcoming pay-per-view events.

Upcoming events include King of the Cage
May 17, Godsmack in Concert
May 18 and a Teddy Pendergrass concert on June 13.

N2Broadband said HBO will deploy its MediaPoint Business Management Systems at its uplink facility, while Time Warner will deploy its pitcher's and catcher's mitt technology and its MediaPath Business Management System throughout its divisions.

The MediaPath system is Interactive Services Architecture (ISA)-compliant, N2Broadband said.

SeaChange said its new VODcast system delivers content to several Comcast VOD sites. The VODcast system combines SeaChange's video servers, MPEG-2 encoding tools and asset management software with PanAmSat's satellite network.

SeaChange said VODcast provides content providers with cable headend control of asset libraries and reports on content use and system performance. VODcast works with all Cable Television Laboratories Inc.-compliant VOD systems, SeaChange said.

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