VOD Plays in L.A.


Adelphia Communications Corp. named five vendors for a mid-December video-on-demand rollout in Los Angeles, adding the movie capital to previous VOD launches in Buffalo, N.Y., and suburban Cleveland.

The MSO had tabled VOD deployments while it worked through its current bankruptcy-court reorganization. Its Los Angeles cluster includes 1.5 million subscribers, and Adelphia wants to offer VOD to all of them over the next year.

Executives with the Denver-based MSO have said they hope also to add other VOD markets in 2004.

Adelphia's VOD vendors in Los Angeles include Concurrent Computer Corp. for servers, N2Broadband for asset management, BigBand Networks Inc. for Gigabit Ethernet transport, Internet Photonics Inc. for optical transport and In Demand for content.

The initial 63,000-home launch will be in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where Adelphia will offer hit movies, library titles, Home Box Office and Showtime Networks Inc. subscription VOD and a selection of free on-demand content.

BigBand is supplying the MSO with Gigabit Ethernet transport links and high-density quadrature amplitude modulation and RF upconversion gear. Adelphia is shipping content from Concurrent's MediaHawk centralized servers to edge locations using Internet Photonics' Gigabit Ethernet LightStack transport equipment over an IP backbone.

BigBand VOD Edge devices terminate the IP connections, de-jitters the content to assure video quality, and performs QAM modulation and RF upconversion for set-top boxes. N2 is supplying its MediaPath asset-management system.

"BigBand Networks brings together expertise in high-speed IP networking with extensive media processing to achieve an intelligent VOD Edge solution," Doug Ike, vice president of advanced video engineering and product development at Adelphia, said in a statement BigBand released.

Adelphia will use Internet Photonics' LightStack GSLAM to aggregate Gigabit Ethernet streams from the Concurrent servers and seed them across a 10 gigabit transport stream to the hub sites.

At the hub, IP's LightStack MX separates the GigE streams and sends then to the BigBand devices.

Internet Photonics also is supplying Adelphia its VirtualWire product, which allows the MSO to transport multiple services on a single transport stream. IP said Adelphia plans to run its high-speed data and other services on the IP equipment.

"Adelphia's Southern California VOD deployment is highly advanced, with rich offerings to subscribers provided at low operating and capital costs, and BigBand Networks is pleased to contribute towards these accomplishments," vice president of product marketing for BigBand Networks Richard Peske said in a release.