SeaChange, Concurrent Forge Multiscreen Partnership

As the video landscape continues to change and evolve, so has the relationship between some suppliers in that ecosystem.

SeaChange International and Concurrent Computer Corp., bitter rivals during the early days of cable VOD when they both sold servers and the backoffice software to orchestrate them, are now chums after striking a “collaborative partnership" to supply software and content network technologies to a "leading," though unnamed North American video service provider. Both companies have evolved over the years, with SeaChange now a software-focused company, led off by products such as its Adrenalin backoffice platform and Nucleus system for set-tops and other CPE.

In this service provider deal, Seachange, in conjunction with its own Adrenalin platform, is also reselling UpShift, Concurrent’s “unified” content delivery platform  that's designed to support a variety of screens, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, and gaming consoles, from one common network architecture. The UpShift suite is made up of a bevy of software modules and components, including a CDN manager, origin servers, edge servers, transparent caching, and video storage for applications such as cloud DVRs.

The companies said the UpShift has been integrated with the latest release of Adrenalin.

"Concurrent is an established leader in the video streaming market and our partnership enables more video service providers to take advantage of SeaChange's latest generation of open software platforms in combination with the market's best of breed technologies,” SeaChange CEO Jay Samit said, in a statement. “We're looking forward to a deployment that produces new value for our joint customer."

"We're excited to be working with SeaChange to deliver an end-to-end multiscreen solution for customers interested in launching IP video services and applications like cloud DVR, added Concurrent CEO Derek Elder. “Our UpShift CDN solution supports video streaming services to any device from a common software platform, making it an ideal fit for customers who are transitioning their core TV services to IP."