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Concurrent serves up cloud-hosted video software

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 1:13pm
Mike Robuck

Concurrent has taken the wraps off of a new software platform that helps service providers stream content from cloud-hosted video libraries.

The company said its unified origin server simplifies content distribution and reduces content preparation costs.

 Concurrent’s unified origin server allows multi-channel video service providers to access premium content hosted on cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, pull it into their own content delivery networks, and deliver it to their customers on-demand. Content is dynamically adjusted as it is accessed from cloud storage to ensure the format, video quality, digital rights protection, and business requirements are satisfied in accordance with contractual agreements.

By leveraging cloud storage, Concurrent’s technology streamlines the on-boarding process for new multi-screen video content. Concurrent’s unified origin server supports live and on-demand video delivery to smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, PCs, and game consoles, as well as to traditional set-top boxes. The unified origin server includes eFactor, Concurrent’s dynamic content workflow offering that enables content to be converted on-the-fly to meet the format, protection, and quality requirements of the specific application and target screen.

“Video content is increasingly being hosted outside of the service provider’s own operations center using cloud based storage services,” said Bob Chism, Concurrent’s chief technology officer. “By enabling service providers to pull content on-demand over the Internet from third party sources, Concurrent makes it easier and more cost effective to expand their multi-screen video offering to consumers, while providing content owners a way to maintain better control over their content library.”

The unified origin server, which is currently available, will be on display at Concurrent’s booth at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo later this month.

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