• Amino picked for Alaskan HD expansion
By Mike Robuck
Alaska-based Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) has selected Amino Communications as part of its expanded high-definition IP set-top box deployment.
MTA will deploy Amino’s A130, which is an MPEG-4 HD single-stream set-top box, and the A530. The A530 is an HD DVR, which creates additional revenue opportunities for operators by supporting advanced IPTV functionality such as DVR, pause-live TV and pushed content models.
MTA provides more than 60,000 lines across its 10,000 square mile network area, offering a range of broadband, IPTV and wireless services to residential and business customers. One of the largest independent telcos in the nation, MTA was formed in 1953 to serve residents in Palmer, Eagle River and Wasilia.
• ADB wins innovator award
By Brian Santo
Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) was named “TV Innovator of the Year” at the 2009 TV Innovation Awards. ADB’s 4820C high-definition set-back box was recognized as the best set-top box technology.
The ADB-4820C mounts to the back of a plasma or LCD television panel and uses the HDMI-CEC technology to enable a single remote control to be used for both the TV and the box. The ADB-4820C can also be turned into a DVR, by any consumer, simply by connecting it to a USB disk drive.
The awards were held during the recent TV 3.0 conference and were organized by IMS Research.