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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 23, 2008

Buckeye CableSystem Upgrades SeaChange VOD Platform

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Buckeye CableSystem has reportedly upgraded its existing SeaChange video-on-demand platform to include new SeaChange software and flash memory servers. The upgradation is expected to aid the growth of Buckeye’s VOD offering available to its 90,000 digital subscribers in Ohio and Michigan.
Buckeye VOD has been built from the ground-up with SeaChange systems and is now generating nearly a quarter-of-a-million monthly VOD requests. According to SeaChange, this represents an increase of nearly 3,000 percent since its launch in 2004.
Buckeye has stored the most popular content for its VOD service using SeaChange MediaServer FMS 200 flash memory-based servers. The cable firm has stored the long-tail material on HDS 601 hybrid disk-based servers. SeaChange new servers add over 7,000 streams to Buckeye’s VOD capacity, which is managed by Axiom On Demand software, SeaChange’s open content delivery platform.
Jim Brown, director of Engineering, Buckeye CableSystem noted that the combination of SeaChange flash servers to stream their hottest content, coupled with the hybrid disk servers operating in a centralized capacity, forms an ideal storage and streaming architecture.
Upgrading the intelligence of the Axiom On Demand software has enabled Buckeye CableSystem to build an incredibly robust platform on which to roll out their HD VOD offering and ensures that their customers enjoy a quality viewing experience every time.
Buckeye’s continued success and expansion embodies SeaChange’s commitment to giving their customers the technology and services they need to grow their TV business in the direction and at the rate they choose,” observed Yvette Kanouff, chief strategy officer, SeaChange. “The company’s flash solution in combination with Axiom is becoming a featured player in operators’ upgrade and expansion strategies. Kanouff said that this is demonstrated by smaller operations such as Buckeye along with some of the largest here and abroad.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek