The latest trend is service providers intending to build their own content delivery networks (CDNs). To tap into the trend, Concurrent has added new software solutions to its CDN product suite. By converging features from its flagship VOD product, MediaHawk VX, with its newly announced eFactor product suite for HTTP delivery, Concurrent has created a new breed of solutions to simplify the migration of services from traditional RF frameworks toward a pure IP model.

"Today’s video revenues are primarily generated from video services that are delivered over RF networks to traditional set-top boxes," said James Brickmeier, Concurrent’s vice president and general manager/Video Solutions, in a statement. "While the introduction of new HTTP services in the near term represents an incremental growth opportunity for service providers, the long term challenge facing operators is how to cost effectively migrate their existing businesses to more flexible IP delivery models. Concurrent’s CDN solution is designed to allow operators to facilitate the RF to IP transition at their own pace."

Concurrent’s software can be configured to support pure TV-VOD, pure HTTP, or a mixture of protocols from the same server, enabling traditional services to be smoothly migrated to new devices without the need to introduce new hardware into the network. Concurrent’s CDN solutions also include eFactor’s transmuxing capabilities, which reduce the complexities of delivering multi-screen video by enabling a single content format to be converted on-demand to other formats as needed.

Concurrent’s CDN products include:

  • MediaHawk VX Unified Origin Server: HTTP origin server
  • MediaHawk VX Unified Edge Server: TV-VOD & HTTP streamer & intelligent cache
  • eFactor HTTP Edge: Pure HTTP streaming server & intelligent cache
  • CDN Ingest Manager: Content orchestration & TV-VOD back office integration

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