Concurrent bows new MediaHawk software
Today, Concurrent  took the wraps off of its new software for the company’s MediaHawk 4500 video-on-demand (VOD) server.
The upgraded software increases output for the MediaHawk server to 2,300 streams for standard-definition (SD) content at 3.75 Mbps, which Concurrent said is a 40 percent increase in output from the server’s initial release in January of last year. The new software also offers additional support for Comcast’s  next-generation on-demand (NGOD) initiative.
“In a rapidly expanding VOD environment, there is constant pressure to increase streaming density,” said Michael Pasquinilli, Concurrent’s VP of on-demand engineering.
The MediaHawk 4500 is also compliant with Time Warner Cable’s  (TWC) Integrated Services Architecture (ISA), and it is Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)-compliant.
Concurrent said the MediaHawk has been commercially deployed in both NGOD- and ISA-based VOD configurations supporting advanced on-demand applications, such as TWC’s Start Over service.
Concurrent said that it has begun immediate shipment of the new software with MediaHawk 4500 servers.
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