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Concurrent Computer CTO to Speak on "Everything On Demand"

Western Show 2001 Panel Discussion to Reach Beyond the Hype (November 26, 2001)
Concurrent Computer Corporation today announced that Chief Technology Officer Fred Allegrezza will be a featured panelist at the Western Show 2001. Mr. Allegrezza will be one of four speakers on a session entitled "EOD (Everything On Demand): Beyond The Hype," on November 29, at 2:30 p.m. in room 209A/B at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

The panel will focus on the emerging shift from stand-alone personal video recorder (PVR) mechanisms to offerings with unlimited storage capacity and will address topics such as marketing, technology, pricing, and rights issues associated with this technology. During the session, Mr. Allegrezza will describe Concurrent's network-based Personal Video Channel (pVC) technology, a solution that leverages the high bandwidth associated with the broadband transport infrastructure of cable systems and Video-On-Demand.

"Network-based pVC provides significant advantages over in-home PVRs, providing the consumer with virtually unlimited storage capacity since thousands of subscribers will be able to view a single stored program simultaneously," said Allegrezza. "Not only will the consumer be able to control live broadcasts, but will essentially experience TV-On-Demand by having up to a week's worth of programming available for viewing at any time," he added.

During the session, Mr. Allegrezza will also address the major considerations and decision points behind offering such a service such as node size, transport scheme, set-top box model, backoffice integration, and server capacity. The presentation will also highlight design considerations that determine the economic viability of pVC, such as the number of streams per server, the number of homes per node, and the maximum number of customers who access the system at a time.

The panel will be moderated by John Hildebrand, vice president, Multimedia Technology Cox Communications. Other panelists include Chris Cookson, executive vice president, chief technology officer, Warner Bros; Steve Heeb, senior director, New Business Development Comcast; Carl Vassia; director, Product Management, DigiCable Business Unit, Motorola Broadband Sector.

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