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December 14, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 6:47pm

NCUBE INTEGRATES MEDIA SERVERS WITH NETRIS BROWSER TERMINALS

By CBR Staff Writer

NCube Corp says it has integrated its Media Server video server with Stellar One’s Netris line of video browser terminals. The two companies have also signed a joint sales and marketing agreement. The integration involved porting the Media Net protocol to the set-top box to make it compatible with Oracle Corp’s Video Server software used by Ncube, a process that took around ten weeks. The latest moves are part of the company’s recently declared intentions to focus on the video streaming market (CI No 3,301). Earlier this month the Foster City California-based company signed a reseller agreement with Hitachi Ltd (CI No 3,303) and back in November unveiled price cuts across the video server range. Ncube, which has an existing deal with Cambridge, UK-based set-top box manufacturer, Acorn Group Plc, is targeting the video delivery technology at broadcasters offering video-on-demand services. Users select the particular movie they want to watch via an application server feeding option pages to a set-top device like the Netris device. Once selected the application server forward the data to Ncube’s Media Server, which delivers the programming via a video stream. Meanwhile, Ian Johnstone chief operating officer at Ncube, says the company expects to launch a new line of video server products in mid- 1998, promising full compatibility with existing offerings. Video Server delivers 100 simultaneous streams operating at between 3 and 6MB/sec for around $50,000, says the company.

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