CT’s Video Reports was on hiatus last week during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the show floor news. Pace demonstrated its Miami HD all digital set-top box at the show. The Miami box is slated for CableLabs certification later this year and has a commercial deployment date of early next year .… EGT announced that Cox Communications, the nation’s fourth-largest cable television provider, selected EGT encoders for digital simulcast projects in the Kansas and Arkansas regions .… Broadbus and Tandberg announced that their integrated solution for video-on-demand and advanced on-demand services has been successfully deployed in more than 30 markets worldwide .… Motorola said that its MediaCipher Content Security System can be extended to protect IP-based video delivered over a DOCSIS-based network .… IneoQuest Technologies rolled out its IQVisionProbe, a portable, real-time IPTV/IP Video monitoring and debug tool for field and lab at the show .… Concurrent premiered its MediaHawk 4500 high-density server and MediaHawk Small Market Solution (SMS) server and also be demonstrated VOD server interoperability with partners Vertasent and Adtec. SeaChange Picks up Three Cable Operators in Japan SeaChange said three cable TV operators representing more than 600,000 subscribers are collaborating to deliver on-demand services based on systems and software from SeaChange. C-Tech Corp., Chubu Cable and CTY Co. Ltd. are running a market trial of on-demand TV prior to rolling out full commercial service to 20 cities in Japan’s Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefectures later this year. SeaChange’s IPTV System has been deployed at C-Tech in Nagoya for a single, centralized on-demand operation that serves the three cable systems over fiber-optic lines. Cox Bolsters On Demand Lineup Cox Communications announced the addition of hundreds of hours of new On Demand content to its library, bringing available hours to more than 1,400, with more than 400 hours of free content. Cox added content from Showtime, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNET, Havoc Television, Union and Studio 4 Networks. On Demand is available to digital cable customers in Orange County and San Diego, CA; Omaha, NE; New Orleans; New England; Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Northern Virginia; Las Vegas and Oklahoma City. Getting to Know VOD Subs Sister publication CableFAX cites a report from Scarborough Research that says VOD users are 27 percent more likely than all consumers to pick reality TV as the type of programming they typically watch. Other findings: VOD users are 27 percent more likely to be between 18-24; 20 percent more likely to have two or more kids; more than twice as likely as all consumers to have an annual household income of more than $150,000; and are 27 percent more likely to be African American. When it comes to advertising, home improvement is a top category for VOD users, who are 15 percent more likely to have spent $3,000 on home improvements in the past year.

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