TIS17: Concurrent Pitches Video ‘Springboard’ to Smaller Cable Ops

Platform tailored for tier 2/3 providers covers VOD, live streaming, cloud DVR for range of devices
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VOD tech pioneer Concurrent has set its sights on the small- and mid-tier cable sector with a new platform, that it claims, gives them a cost-effective way to upgrade and advance their existing video platforms.

Its new set of offerings for that part of the market, marketed under the Media Delivery Springboard banner, supports VOD and live-streaming under several models and approaches. In addition to providing support for traditional QAM-based video delivery with an eye toward IP delivery, the system can also deliver IP-based services to mobile and connected devices, as well as a caching system that can enter play as those operators scale up their IP video operations.

Concurrent’s approach, driven by software and its lineup of storage, origin servers, caching systems, packaging and DRM encapsulation, can also tie in apps and services like a cloud DVR.

The platform is focused on smaller operators that want to advance their video platforms (as QAM-based platforms near end-of-life and are no longer getting new features) and remain independent, Scott Ryan, Concurrent’s SVP of products and chief marketing officer, said.

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Concurrent pitched the concept at this week’s The Independent Show in Indianapolis.

But it’s not alone. Companies such as MobiTV and Evolution Digital are also targeting the tier 2/3 opportunity. Comcast has not announced a plan to syndicate and license its X1 platform to smaller operators, though it’s had success striking deals with majors such as Cox Communications, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. The NCTC, meanwhile, has forged distribution deals with PlayStation Vue and fuboTV, virtual MVPD services that indie MSOs might use to provide a video option to broadband-only subs.

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Ryan said Concurrent has launched its new offering with service providers on three continents, but declined to name them. Concurrent’s current crop of customers include Blue Ridge Communications, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Midco, Kabel Deutschland, Liberty Global, RCN, Mediacom Communications, J:COM of Japan, and Portugal-based NOS.