Concurrent Computer Corporation announced the successful launch by Groupe Archambault of the Video-On-Demand (VOD) service on Vidéotron's digital network in Montreal. Serving 1.44 million cable customers, with more than 182,000 digital subscribers, Vidéotron is the largest cable operator in Québec and the third largest in Canada.
Outfitted for the special commercial requirements of the French Canadian market, Concurrent's end-to-end VOD platform has a multilingual user interface. Its software recognizes the default language of the customer's set-top box and automatically delivers the program data and guide information in the appropriate language.
Initially featuring 130 titles - from repeats of "Star Acadamie," a popular reality TV show from TVA network (one of Quebecor's media companies), to Hollywood movies such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - the Concurrent platform and Vidéotron's bidirectional broadband optical-fibre network will enable Vidéotron to offer VOD customers the power to make viewing selections at their convenience and control their programs with VCR-like functionality, watching them as often as they like over a period of 24 hours. Prices range from 99 cents for children's shows to $4.99 for new movies to $8.99 for adult titles.