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Telco TV news roundup

Tue, 11/16/2004 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Day two of the Telco TV conference in Orlando, Fla., brought forth another wave of deals and new product news:

• IPTV set-top maker Amino Communications said it will offer high-definition television capabilities by integrating Microsoft Corp. 's Windows Media 9 advanced codec.

Amino will offer WMV9 in its AmiNET120 set-top, which currently offers MPEG-2 support. The company noted that it also plans to launch an MPEG-4 AVC-compatible set-top in early 2005.

Amino also inked deals to port middleware and digital video recording applications from Minerva Networks and Myrio Corp. to the AmiNET500 IPTV set-top.

Consolidated Communications, a consortium of telcos that serve north of 50,000 residential subs in central Illinois, is supporting an IP-video based service with middleware and other set-top software from Myrio Corp.

Consolidated is using the Java-based Myrio IP Video Platform to deliver advanced applications such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view.

• The Horry Telephone Cooperative has teamed with Motorola Broadband to offer broadband services to fiber-rich communities developed by South Carolina real estate firm Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc.

Horry Telephone serves 200,000 voice lines, 40,000 cable subs and 20,000 Internet access users in South Carolina.

Tut Systems Inc. has integrated the "Cypher" software-based conditional access system from Widevine Technologies with Tut's Astria digital headend platform and iViewTV middleware. Tut demonstrated the integrated package running on the Thomson IP900 IP set-top.

Net Insight has introduced the Nimbra 340, a multi-service access and switching device for video and data services.

The new 2-RU device, capable of providing up to 10 Gbps of switching capacity, is designed for installation in customer headends and smaller co-location POPs, the company said. The Nimbra 340 is set for commercial release in Q1 2005.

Myrio Corp. unleashed version 3.5 of its IP Video Platform, offering new features such as a digital video recording client, beefier content security and multiple language support.

Belgium-based Belgacom is the first service provider to use the platform, which includes Myrio's TotalManage backoffice and content-management application and the Myrio Interactive end-user application for video-on-demand, digital music playback and Web browsing.

ICTV Inc. announced HeadendWare partnerships/integration deals with two IPTV set-top makers: Amino Communications and i3 micro.

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