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C-COR Unveils Compact VOD Server

Seeking to reach a new segment of the multichannel video market, C-COR Corp. (Nasdaq: CCBL) has come out with a cheaper, more compact video-on-demand (VOD) server that's designed expressly for the hundreds of smaller cable systems still spread throughout the U.S., as well as some smaller telcos.

C-COR said the compact new video server, known as the n5C, can handle traditional VOD services, as well as digital program insertion (DPI), advanced advertising, network-based DVR, and switched digital video applications. It can store up to 1,500 hours and 960 streams of standard-definition digital programming. And it offers support for both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video streams.

Touting its lower cost and advanced technological prowess, C-COR said it's targeting the n5C server at the estimated 700 or so cable systems with 16,000 or fewer subscribers. Although it declined to disclose pricing information, it said at least one large MSO has indicated interest in deploying the new server in its smaller markets.

Despite competitive pressures from telcos, even most of the big MSOs have not launched on-demand services in their smaller cable markets because of high VOD server costs. So C-COR is hoping to hit this sweet spot.

In addition to cable operatos, C-COR also appears to be aiming the new VOD server at phone companies in smaller markets. The company said it will target IPTV deployments as well.

C-COR plans to start shipping the product this fall. In doing so, the tech vendor will compete against such other major VOD server suppliers as Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR), which is also pursuing the smaller system market.

— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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