Concurrent Bows VOD Server

Concurrent Computer Corp

. introduced the "MediaHawk Model 2000" video-on-demand server, claiming it supports digital set-top boxes built by Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, Sony Corp. of America, Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc. and Pace Micro Technology plc, among others. The company said its new MediaHawk gear can store more than 1,200 feature-length films in a single rack, and is capable of sending 1,792 streams.

Concurrent said its new server, which began shipping in October, is designed to operate over both distributed and centralized network architectures. Presently, Concurrent has commercial and/or trial deployment agreements in the U.S. with Cox Communications in Phoenix and San Diego, Time Warner Cable in Tampa Bay, Fla.; Oceanic Cable in Hawaii and Comcast Corp. in an undisclosed city.

In related news, Concurrent said Oceanic became the first operator to use the company's personal video channel technology, which allows customers to time-shift pay-per-view events. Oceanic offered customers that option for the Mike Tyson-Andrew Golota fight on Oct. 20 and the Lennox Lewis-David Tua bout on Nov. 11.