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Siemens Communications has integrated the Entone Technology Hydra IP Video Gateway set-top into its "SURPASS" IPTV technology portfolio.

Entone's Hydra box aims to pipe IPTV services to multiple outlets in homes that aren't wired for Ethernet. Instead, the box converts the IPTV signal and distributes it over the home's coaxial network. The Hydra can support up to three simultaneous video streams, Entone said.

The combination of that box with SURPASS' IPTV portfolio, which includes IPTV middleware, "provides broadband operators with a way to help avoid many of the costs and complexities involved with set-top boxes that require Ethernet cabling," explained Chris Coles, president and CEO of Myrio Corp, Siemens' IPTV middleware division.

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