Concurrent Scores VOD Deal in China

A Chinese cable operator has picked an American tech vendor to assist with the launch of video-on-demand (VOD) service in parts of southern China.

Shekou CATV, an MSO with 80,000 basic cable subscribers in the provinces of Shenzhen, Shekou and Guangdong, said it's using Concurrent's MediaHawk VOD servers to roll out on-demand services to its digital cable customers. Shekou, which is now upgrading its cable network to all-digital services, has 30,000 digital subscribers and 10,000 broadband customers in the three growing provinces.

As part of the deal, Concurrent said it's teaming up with Chinese tech vendor SZCOM to upgrade existing cable set-top boxes for two-way cable services. Concurrent is testing how its on-demand software works with SZCOM's add-on hardware module, the IPR 200, to turn cheap, one-way, digital set-tops into more advanced boxes that can support interactive services.

Concurrent gained the contract after another tech vendor failed to meet Shekou's schedule. Neither company would name the dropped vendor. No terms of the deal were announced.

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