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Liberate/Concurrent team on VOD

Wed, 04/11/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Liberate Technologies has combined its ITV software with Concurrent Computer Corp.'s VOD technology, the company reports. The agreement is part of Liberate's PopTV program, that lists Concurrent as a preferred infrastructure provider.

The deal, completed this month, combines Liberate's TV Platform software and Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system. The products were combined using Liberate's VOD Gateway technology, integrating the partner VOD solution on the server side of the architecture, speeding and simplifying deployment and management for the operator, Liberate reports. The VOD Gateway allows Liberate's Connect server software to offer a plug-in environment for partner VOD applications.

The first deployment will run on the Scientific-Atlanta Explorer digital set-top box at Cox Communications' San Diego cable system.

The two companies developed the integrated product together and both will market, sell and support it, they report.

The intent is to reduce "the time and cost of integration, as well as the complexity of managing new services," Liberate Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer David Limp said in a statement.

Likewise, Concurrent President and CEO Jack Bryant issued a statement: "Concurrent and Liberate deliver complementary technologies and products and share the mission of enabling broadband system operators to quickly and efficiently enjoy VOD and ITV revenues."

The two companies also note an agreement to develop, market, sell and support the product on the Pace Microsystems' STB platform. The combination is independent of the network transport infrastructure and can be integrated with either HFC or DSL transport networks, plus IP streaming environments.

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