I've been following digital video technologist SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) for years. Its expertise in video on demand always seemed on the brink of making it big. In fact, I think VOD will replace video recorders in the TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) tradition before too long, as consumers expect ever-greater convenience and flexibility in their entertainment options.

You might even call this thesis central to my entire investment philosophy: I own shares of SeaChange and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) because of the way they'll eventually replace the current cable-run hegemony of schedules and manual recordings -- plus some TiVo shares, so that I can milk the transitional era of DVR supremacy for a while.

Thus, it's good to see SeaChange delivering on some of its tremendous promise. The stock jumped as much as 6% today after a mighty fine first-quarter report.

The company delivered $0.06 of non-GAAP earnings per share on $52 million of revenue, easily beating the $0.02 per share on $51 million that analysts expected. Citing improved revenue momentum -- also known as higher order volumes -- and more multi-screen software sales, management also raised its next-quarter and full-year guidance.

The multi-screen thing is very important to SeaChange's future. The company has plenty of high-quality competition in plain old on-demand delivery services, including divisions of Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Arris Group (Nasdaq: ARRS). But SeaChange is working hard to stay ahead of the game.

Using recently-introduced SeaChange products, cable companies can serve their programming not only to your living room, but also to smartphones and tablets belonging to paying customers. That personal connection also enables a tailored advertising model, kind of like the personalized text ads that have been Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) bread and butter since time immemorial (in Internet terms, that is). SeaChange does that, too.

There's more to the SeaChange story, including a social media component and a digital retailing solution. Long story short, there's a reason why Wall Street analysts expect SeaChange to grow earnings by an annualized 46% over the next five years.

The market opportunity for VOD products is fantastic, as detailed in this free Fool report on the top stock to get in 2011. SeaChange is primed for success. Is this the turning point where SeaChange stops walking and starts running? Or perhaps a lead-in to yet another buyout in the VOD sector? Arris was supposed to make a bid for SeaChange last week, but that rumor has yet to become reality. Add the stock to your watchlist, and you'll be the first to know.

Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares of SeaChange, Google, TiVo, and Netflix, but he holds no other position in any company mentioned. Yeah, he's invested in this market segment. Click here to see his holdings and a short bio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google and has created a bull call spread position on Cisco Systems. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Google, Cisco Systems, and Netflix, along with buying puts in Netflix. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.