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SEAC Rides Moviebeam

Independent Research Group LLC analyst Erik Zamkoff reiterated his "buy" rating and $15 price target on SeaChange International Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), saying buzz created by The Walt Disney Co.'s new Moviebeam movies-on-demand service could spike interest for cable's video-on-demand equipment.

Zamkoff said Moviebeam — a standalone service that would transmit movies over the air to a separate set-top box at a subscriber's home — could cause cable operators to accelerate on-demand rollout schedules. That would be good news for SeaChange, which makes VOD servers.

Zamkoff forecasted limited success for Moviebeam, but estimated that VOD penetration could grow to 95% of digital homes passed by 2007.