Rogers Cable Inc. unveiled plans for a video-on-demand (VOD) service that it anticipates rolling out commercially this June. In the meantime, it is testing the service with 50 households in Toronto, and plans to expand the trial to 1,000 employees and customers. At a news conference Feb. 19, Rogers Cable president and chief executive John Tory said VOD should help drive digital television in Canada. Shaw Cablesystems is also testing VOD in Calgary, and is targeting a commercial rollout by year-end. Cogeco Cable Inc. is believed to have begun field trials of its VOD service, run in conjunction with solutions provider Atlanta-based Concurrent Computer Corp. Cogeco is targeting the summer of 2002 to have the service available on a wider basis. For more information, see the upcoming edition of CCR. More details.
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