Liberate Technologies and Concurrent Computer Corp. have formed a strategic alliance under which they have combined their technologies into an integrated interactive TV and VOD offering for the growing digital video market. The strategic agreement was reached under the Liberate PopTV Program.
Integration of Concurrent's MediaHawk Broadband VOD system and the Liberate TV Platform software was completed in April and is immediately available for commercial deployment. The first deployment of the Liberate and Concurrent solution, running on the Scientific-Atlanta (S-A) Explorer digital set-top box, will be at Cox Communications' San Diego cable system.
Liberate and Concurrent jointly developed the integrated solution, and will market, sell and support it.
Concurrent and Liberate integrated their products using the Liberate VOD Gateway technology, which is now available. The Liberate VOD Gateway technology provides complete integration of partner VOD solutions on the server side of the architecture, which speeds and simplifies both deployment and management for network operators.
In addition to the S-A set-top platform, Concurrent and Liberate have also agreed to develop, market, sell and support their solution for the Pace Microsystems set-top platform. The combined offering is independent of the network transport infrastructure and can be integrated with either HFC or DSL transport networks, as well as IP streaming and environments.