Deployable Large-Scale System Promises Enhanced Flexibility for Cable Customers
CULVER CITY, Calif. and MAYNARD, Mass. - (June 9, 1999) - Intertainer Inc. and SeaChange International, Inc. announced today that the two companies have integrated Intertainer's entertainment-on-demand functionality with Seachange's comprehensive ITV System platform to enable service on Scientific-Atlanta's Explorer 2000 digital set-top box. The companies will demonstrate the system at the NCTA Show next week in Chicago.
"Intertainer selected the ITV System for delivery of its service to the Scientific-Atlanta set-top box because SeaChange has a thorough understanding of both digital video systems and of cable operator business requirements," said Jonathan Taplin, Intertainer co-founder and co-chief executive officer. "Intertainer and SeaChange are working together using standards-based architectures to provide cable operators a new option that combines SeaChange's scaleable video server-based platform with Intertainer's entertainment-on-demand service."
"With Intertainer, SeaChange is enabling delivery of an immense catalog of entertainment titles to consumers on-demand. We're pleased to be selected as a primary Intertainer preferred platform," said Yvette Gordon, director of interactive technologies, SeaChange International. "We look forward to working together to fulfill the broadband entertainment needs of cable operators needs today and in the future."
The SeaChange ITV System has been developed as a standard-based platform to ensure interoperability, competitive low prices and smooth integration. Easily scaleable, it is a comprehensive VOD system based on the company's proven MediaCluster server architecture and master control center-based software suite, enabling highly automated ITV operation and end-to-end fault-tolerance. The server is scalable to support
headend or cable hub installation, which reduces the network bandwidth required for delivering high-quality long-form digital video files.
Intertainer, Inc. (http://www.intertainer.com), a leading provider of home entertainment services on-demand, is defining the convergence of entertainment and technology. Intertainer, with its strategic partners - Comcast, U S WEST, Sony, Intel and NBC - provides customers with a personal gateway to thousands of hours of diverse movies, music, TV, shopping and information programming to the PC or TV using high speed data lines over cable or telephone connections. Intertainer also has solid relationships with leading companies in the broadband space, including Veon, Concurrent Computer Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco Systems. Intertainer is a charter member of Cisco's "Built for Broadband" program.
About SeaChange International
Serving approximately 20,000 television channels for broadcast and cable television companies worldwide, SeaChange International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC; http://www.schange.com) is the leading provider of MPEG-2 digital video systems. SeaChange's products, incorporating the Company's patented software and hardware technologies, automate the management and distribution of video streams including advertisements, movies, news updates and other broadcast-quality video programming requiring precise execution. Founded in 1993, SeaChange is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts.