12/2/2003 - Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: CCUR), a worldwide leader of on-demand technology that is shaping the future of television, and Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), a leading supplier of cost-effective, high quality digital set-top boxes and interactive software, announced that they have partnered for the industry’s first demonstration of an OCAP (OpenCableTM Applications Platform)-compliant Video-On-Demand system. OCAP, designed for U.S. advanced set-top boxes, is a middleware standard that enables on-demand applications created anywhere in the world to run uniformly on any compliant set-top box. The ADB and Concurrent collaboration features Concurrent’s mainstream MediaHawkTM On-Demand Platform paired with ADB’s OCAP digital set-top box to exhibit an open interface solution for cable operators. The system demonstration will be held at the CableNet ’03 exhibit space at the Western Show, Dec. 2-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Booth #368, location D1.
Creating an OCAP set-top box running in conjunction with an industry-leading VOD platform gives broadband operators the freedom to deploy different applications and middleware with a transparent user interface. In addition, this interoperability demonstrates the viability of running a continuum of on-demand applications on a number of different platforms without undergoing the expensive and time-consuming process of “porting” each application to each manufacturer’s hardware and operating system.
The functions of the ADB set-top box support multiple application program interfaces (APIs), as well as applications required to run on-demand services enabled by Concurrent’s MediaHawk Platform, such as Movies-On-Demand (MOD), subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD), Free-On-Demand (FOD), Long-Format Advertising (LFA), network-based Digital Video Recording (NDVR) and high-definition VOD (HDVOD).
”We are excited that important killer apps such as the Concurrent Video-On-Demand system are now available as an OCAP application, as this ADB set-top to Concurrent MediaHawk end-to-end system demonstrates,” said Bill Luehrs, President, ADB Americas.
“By integrating Concurrent’s industry-leading VOD platform with ADB’s OCAP-compliant set-top box, we are making significant strides in standardizing and simplifying the delivery of on-demand services, therefore easing the burden on cable operators and giving digital cable customers a familiar on-demand experience, regardless of their provider,” said Steve Necessary, president of Concurrent’s Xstreme (VOD) Division.
Concurrent’s MediaHawk On-Demand Platform is a proven foundation for the delivery of the latest on-demand services, including MOD, SVOD, FOD, LFA, NDVR and HDVOD. The Concurrent On-Demand Platform includes its proven hardware, extensive software, integration expertise and world-class customer service.
Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Americas, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., serves North and South America with innovative digital technology and products for the cable television industry. ADB was established in 1995 and has shipped more than two million set-top box units throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Australia and Africa. It has consistently developed and introduced leading edge and cost-effective set-top boxes, software services and broadcast system technologies, helping to expand and enhance the digital TV markets in more than 15 countries around the world. Visit www.adbglobal.com.
Concurrent Computer Corporation (www.ccur.com) is a worldwide leader in providing digital VOD systems to the broadband industry and real-time computer systems for industry and government. Concurrent's VOD systems are utilized within the broadband cable, DSL, and hospitality markets. Within the digital cable market, Concurrent is a recognized leader, currently serving nine major cable operators in 67 markets with over 4.5 million digital subscribers. Concurrent's proven technology provides a flexible, comprehensive, robust solution for HFC, DSL, and IP-based networks. The company's powerful and scalable VOD systems are based on open standards and are integrated with the leading broadband technologies. Concurrent is also a leading provider of high-performance, real-time computer systems, solutions, and software that focus on hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation, data acquisition, and industrial control systems for commercial and government markets. Concurrent has over 37 years of experience in real-time technology and provides its best of breed solutions through offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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