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Midstream tackles legacy VOD networks

Mon, 10/28/2002 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

In what could be considered a shot across the bow at incumbent video server vendors, video-on-demand start-up Midstream Technologies said it has successfully integrated its IP2160 server into a functioning legacy VOD network.

Midstream didn't disclose the location of that network or the incumbent video server provider, but the company did note that it used Time Warner Cable's Interactive Services Architecture (ISA) to achieve a multiple-vendor VOD environment.

ISA, which allows for the integration of multiple streaming server providers in the same network, is the MSO's back office specification designed for VOD and other new interactive applications and services.

"Now that we've achieved ISA compliance, the market is wide open for Midstream to help cable systems expand and deploy reliable and economical VOD solutions," Midstream President and CEO Ed Huguez said, in a press release.

Midstream's two RU-high server features native dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and enough capacity to support roughly 425 to 480 simultaneous, unique streams of content at 3.75 megabits per second. The Bellevue, Wash.-based startup does have trial commitments in place with cable operators, but has yet to disclose specifics.

Midstream is among a new breed of video server vendors that hopes to win business in greenfield VOD markets and areas served by incumbent providers such as Concurrent Computer Corp, nCUBE Corp and SeaChange International. Others companies that have shown similar aspirations include Broadbus, Silicon Graphics Inc. and Sun Microsystems.

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