Liberate Technologies Teams With Concurrent Computer Corporation On Integrated Interactive TV and VOD Digital Video Solutions

- Industry Leaders Integrate Technologies and Products -



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Liberate Technologies

    SAN CARLOS, Calif., and ATLANTA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Liberate Technologies (Nasdaq:   LBRT), a leading provider of software for the
 delivery of interactive television (ITV), and
 Concurrent Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:   CCUR), the leading provider of
 Video-On-Demand (VOD) solutions, today announced a strategic alliance under
 which they have combined their technologies into an integrated interactive TV
 and VOD offering for the growing digital video market. The strategic agreement
 was reached under the Liberate(R) PopTV(TM) Program, in which Concurrent is a
 "preferred infrastructure partner," and has the highest level of preference as
 a VOD supplier.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990630/LIBERATE )
     Integration of Concurrent's MediaHawk(TM) Broadband VOD System and the
 Liberate TV Platform(TM) software was completed this month, and is immediately
 available for commercial deployment. The first deployment of the Liberate and
 Concurrent solution, running on the Scientific-Atlanta Explorer digital
 set-top box (STB), will be at Cox Communications' San Diego cable system.
     "The Concurrent/Liberate alliance is a powerful partnership that teams two
 industry leaders, and we look forward to deploying the combined services in
 our San Diego system," said John Hildebrand, vice president,
 Multimedia Technology, for Cox Communications. "Combining Concurrent's VOD
 application with the interactive television applications from Liberate creates
 a Concurrent/Liberate very real, competitive differentiator for us, and
 provides incremental revenue and greater customer satisfaction."
     Liberate and Concurrent jointly developed the integrated solution, and
 will market, sell, and support it to quickly and efficiently enable
 revenue-producing services for additional broadband system operators.
    "Liberate has had tremendous success delivering the software platform that
 network operators need, and that means offering killer applications like
 Concurrent's VOD solution to ensure that interactive services are a hit with
 consumers," said David Limp, executive vice president and chief strategy
 officer, Liberate Technologies. "Reducing the time and cost of integration, as
 well as the complexity of managing new services, makes this joint offering a
 highly compelling business opportunity."
     Jack Bryant, Concurrent's president and chief executive officer, said, "By
 all metrics, Concurrent is the industry leader in deployed VOD solutions and
 Liberate has enjoyed success as being the platform of choice for interactive
 television. The combination of the two companies is a very powerful alliance.
 Concurrent and Liberate deliver complementary technologies and products and
 share the common mission of enabling broadband system operators to quickly and
 efficiently enjoy VOD and ITV revenues."
     Concurrent and Liberate integrated their products using the Liberate VOD
 Gateway(TM) technology, which is available immediately. The Liberate VOD
 Gateway technology provides complete integration of partner VOD solutions on
 the server side of the architecture, which speeds and simplifies both
 deployment and management for network operators. Essentially, the VOD Gateway
 solution allows the Liberate Connect(TM) server software to offer a plug-in
 environment for partner VOD applications.
     In addition to the Scientific Atlanta set-top platform, Concurrent and
 Liberate have also agreed to develop, market, sell, and support their solution
 for the Pace Microsystems STB platform. The combined offering is independent
 of the network transport infrastructure and can be integrated with either
 hybrid fiber coax (HFC) or digital subscriber line (DSL) transport networks,
 as well as IP streaming environments.
     The Concurrent MediaHawk Broadband VOD System features the MediaHawk Model
 2000 Video Server and MediaHawk BackOffice Business Management System, which
 provide cable operators all the tools necessary to run their VOD business from
 end-to-end. The MediaHawk BackOffice Business Management System includes a
 complete business management system for managing content, subscriber
 demographic information, transaction and usage analysis, billing, and order
 fulfillment.
     The Liberate TV Platform software enables network operators to deliver
 applications that integrate the Web's interactivity with the richness of
 TV-based content. Using open Internet and international broadcast standards,
 Liberate provides an efficient client (Liberate TV Navigator(TM)) and server
 (Liberate Connect) platform that combines the best of both the Internet and
 television into one compelling, interactive medium -- enhanced TV. Liberate
 enables a range of services and applications from interactive advertising and
 gaming, to chat and email, to enhanced programming.
 
     About PopTV
     Liberate's PopTV Program includes more than 1,900 content, device, and
 infrastructure developers working to give network operators complete
 interactive television solutions based on Liberate's open standards platform.
 PopTV provides a fast and cooperative way to develop end-to-end interactive TV
 solutions, offering benefits that include technical consulting services,
 certification programs, and joint marketing opportunities. For more
 information on the Liberate PopTV Program, go to
 http://partners.liberate.com/poptvprogram.html .
 
     About Liberate Technologies
     Liberate Technologies is the leading provider of a complete software
 platform for delivering Internet-enhanced content and applications to
 information appliances, such as television set-top boxes and game consoles.
 Liberate's Internet-based client and server software allows network operators,
 such as telecommunications companies, cable and satellite television operators
 and Internet service providers to provide consumers access to network
 operator-branded applications and services. Headquartered in San Carlos,
 California, the company has sales offices in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the
 U.K.
 
     About Concurrent Computer Corporation
     Concurrent Computer Corporation ( http://www.ccur.com ) is a leading
 provider of high-performance computer systems, software, and servers.
 Concurrent Computer Corporation's Xstreme Division is a leading supplier in
 the emerging digital video server marketplace. This market includes the
 broadband/cable, corporate training, education, hospitality, and in-flight
 entertainment industries. Operating worldwide, Concurrent provides sales and
 support from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
     Concurrent brings over 30 years of real-time experience to the broadband
 industry, and in a very short time has become the undisputed leader in
 broadband VOD. As the newcomer to the industry, Concurrent's VOD performance
 speaks for itself. Concurrent is uniquely positioned to meet the pent-up
 demand for interactive television services -- movies-on-demand and e-commerce
 over the television. In a July 2000 report, Forrester Research predicted that
 by 2005, the overall interactive television market is expected to generate
 revenues of more than $48.2 billion. Current VOD and e-commerce trials and
 launches include:  Beijing Fengtai Cable -- China; Cox -- Phoenix; Cox --
 San Diego; Horizon.com -- Singapore; Shanghai Telecom -- China; Time Warner
 Cable -- Oceanic Cable; Time Warner Cable -- Tampa Bay; and Comcast -- eight
 undisclosed system deployments.
     Note to Editors:  For additional company or product information from
 Concurrent Computer Corporation, please contact Concurrent Computer
 Corporation, 4375 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA  30096.  Call toll free in
 the U.S. and Canada at 877-978-7363, fax 678-258-4199.  Readers can also
 access information through the company's Web site at http://www.ccur.com .
     NOTE:  Concurrent Computer Corporation is a registered trademark and
 MediaHawk is a trademark of Concurrent Computer Corporation. Liberate and the
 Liberate design are registered trademarks of Liberate Technologies. Other
 product names used in association with these registered trademarks, including
 Liberate TV Platform, PopTV, Liberate TV Navigator, Liberate VOD Gateway, and
 Liberate Connect, are trademarks of Liberate. All other products are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
      Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  Information in this release that involves the companies'
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
 All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon
 information available to the companies as of the date of the release, and the
 companies assume no obligation to update them. These statements are not
 guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially
 from the companies' current expectations. The companies' filings with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (including Liberate's Form 10Q filed
 on January 12, 2001) discuss factors that could contribute to such differences
 and describe other risks of the companies' businesses.
 
     CONTACT:  Tammy Snook, President of HighTech Public Relations, Inc.,
 407-667-9355, or tammysnook@hightechpr.net, for Concurrent Computer
 Corporation; or Nancy Hecklinski (Analysts/Investors) of Concurrent Computer
 Corporation, 678-258-4103; or Tom Neumayr, Corporate Communications of
 Liberate Technologies, 650-701-4065, or tneumayr@liberate.com.
 
 

SOURCE Liberate Technologies
    SAN CARLOS, Calif., and ATLANTA, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Liberate Technologies (Nasdaq:   LBRT), a leading provider of software for the
 delivery of interactive television (ITV), and
 Concurrent Computer Corporation (Nasdaq:   CCUR), the leading provider of
 Video-On-Demand (VOD) solutions, today announced a strategic alliance under
 which they have combined their technologies into an integrated interactive TV
 and VOD offering for the growing digital video market. The strategic agreement
 was reached under the Liberate(R) PopTV(TM) Program, in which Concurrent is a
 "preferred infrastructure partner," and has the highest level of preference as
 a VOD supplier.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990630/LIBERATE )
     Integration of Concurrent's MediaHawk(TM) Broadband VOD System and the
 Liberate TV Platform(TM) software was completed this month, and is immediately
 available for commercial deployment. The first deployment of the Liberate and
 Concurrent solution, running on the Scientific-Atlanta Explorer digital
 set-top box (STB), will be at Cox Communications' San Diego cable system.
     "The Concurrent/Liberate alliance is a powerful partnership that teams two
 industry leaders, and we look forward to deploying the combined services in
 our San Diego system," said John Hildebrand, vice president,
 Multimedia Technology, for Cox Communications. "Combining Concurrent's VOD
 application with the interactive television applications from Liberate creates
 a Concurrent/Liberate very real, competitive differentiator for us, and
 provides incremental revenue and greater customer satisfaction."
     Liberate and Concurrent jointly developed the integrated solution, and
 will market, sell, and support it to quickly and efficiently enable
 revenue-producing services for additional broadband system operators.
    "Liberate has had tremendous success delivering the software platform that
 network operators need, and that means offering killer applications like
 Concurrent's VOD solution to ensure that interactive services are a hit with
 consumers," said David Limp, executive vice president and chief strategy
 officer, Liberate Technologies. "Reducing the time and cost of integration, as
 well as the complexity of managing new services, makes this joint offering a
 highly compelling business opportunity."
     Jack Bryant, Concurrent's president and chief executive officer, said, "By
 all metrics, Concurrent is the industry leader in deployed VOD solutions and
 Liberate has enjoyed success as being the platform of choice for interactive
 television. The combination of the two companies is a very powerful alliance.
 Concurrent and Liberate deliver complementary technologies and products and
 share the common mission of enabling broadband system operators to quickly and
 efficiently enjoy VOD and ITV revenues."
     Concurrent and Liberate integrated their products using the Liberate VOD
 Gateway(TM) technology, which is available immediately. The Liberate VOD
 Gateway technology provides complete integration of partner VOD solutions on
 the server side of the architecture, which speeds and simplifies both
 deployment and management for network operators. Essentially, the VOD Gateway
 solution allows the Liberate Connect(TM) server software to offer a plug-in
 environment for partner VOD applications.
     In addition to the Scientific Atlanta set-top platform, Concurrent and
 Liberate have also agreed to develop, market, sell, and support their solution
 for the Pace Microsystems STB platform. The combined offering is independent
 of the network transport infrastructure and can be integrated with either
 hybrid fiber coax (HFC) or digital subscriber line (DSL) transport networks,
 as well as IP streaming environments.
     The Concurrent MediaHawk Broadband VOD System features the MediaHawk Model
 2000 Video Server and MediaHawk BackOffice Business Management System, which
 provide cable operators all the tools necessary to run their VOD business from
 end-to-end. The MediaHawk BackOffice Business Management System includes a
 complete business management system for managing content, subscriber
 demographic information, transaction and usage analysis, billing, and order
 fulfillment.
     The Liberate TV Platform software enables network operators to deliver
 applications that integrate the Web's interactivity with the richness of
 TV-based content. Using open Internet and international broadcast standards,
 Liberate provides an efficient client (Liberate TV Navigator(TM)) and server
 (Liberate Connect) platform that combines the best of both the Internet and
 television into one compelling, interactive medium -- enhanced TV. Liberate
 enables a range of services and applications from interactive advertising and
 gaming, to chat and email, to enhanced programming.
 
     About PopTV
     Liberate's PopTV Program includes more than 1,900 content, device, and
 infrastructure developers working to give network operators complete
 interactive television solutions based on Liberate's open standards platform.
 PopTV provides a fast and cooperative way to develop end-to-end interactive TV
 solutions, offering benefits that include technical consulting services,
 certification programs, and joint marketing opportunities. For more
 information on the Liberate PopTV Program, go to
 http://partners.liberate.com/poptvprogram.html .
 
     About Liberate Technologies
     Liberate Technologies is the leading provider of a complete software
 platform for delivering Internet-enhanced content and applications to
 information appliances, such as television set-top boxes and game consoles.
 Liberate's Internet-based client and server software allows network operators,
 such as telecommunications companies, cable and satellite television operators
 and Internet service providers to provide consumers access to network
 operator-branded applications and services. Headquartered in San Carlos,
 California, the company has sales offices in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the
 U.K.
 
     About Concurrent Computer Corporation
     Concurrent Computer Corporation ( http://www.ccur.com ) is a leading
 provider of high-performance computer systems, software, and servers.
 Concurrent Computer Corporation's Xstreme Division is a leading supplier in
 the emerging digital video server marketplace. This market includes the
 broadband/cable, corporate training, education, hospitality, and in-flight
 entertainment industries. Operating worldwide, Concurrent provides sales and
 support from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
     Concurrent brings over 30 years of real-time experience to the broadband
 industry, and in a very short time has become the undisputed leader in
 broadband VOD. As the newcomer to the industry, Concurrent's VOD performance
 speaks for itself. Concurrent is uniquely positioned to meet the pent-up
 demand for interactive television services -- movies-on-demand and e-commerce
 over the television. In a July 2000 report, Forrester Research predicted that
 by 2005, the overall interactive television market is expected to generate
 revenues of more than $48.2 billion. Current VOD and e-commerce trials and
 launches include:  Beijing Fengtai Cable -- China; Cox -- Phoenix; Cox --
 San Diego; Horizon.com -- Singapore; Shanghai Telecom -- China; Time Warner
 Cable -- Oceanic Cable; Time Warner Cable -- Tampa Bay; and Comcast -- eight
 undisclosed system deployments.
     Note to Editors:  For additional company or product information from
 Concurrent Computer Corporation, please contact Concurrent Computer
 Corporation, 4375 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA  30096.  Call toll free in
 the U.S. and Canada at 877-978-7363, fax 678-258-4199.  Readers can also
 access information through the company's Web site at http://www.ccur.com .
     NOTE:  Concurrent Computer Corporation is a registered trademark and
 MediaHawk is a trademark of Concurrent Computer Corporation. Liberate and the
 Liberate design are registered trademarks of Liberate Technologies. Other
 product names used in association with these registered trademarks, including
 Liberate TV Platform, PopTV, Liberate TV Navigator, Liberate VOD Gateway, and
 Liberate Connect, are trademarks of Liberate. All other products are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
      Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  Information in this release that involves the companies'
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
 All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon
 information available to the companies as of the date of the release, and the
 companies assume no obligation to update them. These statements are not
 guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially
 from the companies' current expectations. The companies' filings with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (including Liberate's Form 10Q filed
 on January 12, 2001) discuss factors that could contribute to such differences
 and describe other risks of the companies' businesses.
 
     CONTACT:  Tammy Snook, President of HighTech Public Relations, Inc.,
 407-667-9355, or tammysnook@hightechpr.net, for Concurrent Computer
 Corporation; or Nancy Hecklinski (Analysts/Investors) of Concurrent Computer
 Corporation, 678-258-4103; or Tom Neumayr, Corporate Communications of
 Liberate Technologies, 650-701-4065, or tneumayr@liberate.com.
 
 SOURCE  Liberate Technologies