Entone Wins Again - Selected by Arkwest for IPTV Deployment

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Entone Technologies, the world’s most deployed IPTV video on demand (VOD) solution provider, announced today that Arkwest Communications has chosen its IPTV VOD solution for a rollout in Arkansas. This new broadband video service will allow Arkwest to provide a bundled triple-play service offering that includes local phone service, high speed Internet, and digital TV.

Entone Technologies, the world’s most deployed IPTV video on demand (VOD) solution provider, announced today that Arkwest Communications has chosen its IPTV VOD solution for a rollout in Arkansas. This new broadband video service will allow Arkwest to provide a bundled triple-play service offering that includes local phone service, high speed Internet, and digital TV.

Arkwest's IPTV service will offer more than 200 TV channels and 1,500 hours of movies on demand and will be available to Arkwest's 6,000-plus residential customers, including residents of Danville, Ola, Plainview, Belleville and Havana.

To support its IPTV VOD launch, Arkwest has selected Entone’s StreamLiner® network video recorder (NVR) – the world’s most deployed IPTV VOD server, and Ingest Gateway – an integrated software solution for managing the ingest process of pre-encrypted digital assets and associated metadata.

Entone’s StreamLiner is an open, highly scalable software architecture that transforms standard server and storage hardware from vendors such as HP and IBM, into specialized, high-performance video servers that ingest, store and stream on-demand video programming without the costs, risks, and inflexibility that comes with competing proprietary solutions.

“To keep ahead of the competition, we needed to expand our service offering to include more than just voice and data services,” stated P.T. Sanders, Vice President of Operations for Arkwest Communications. “Entone’s field-proven IPTV solution enables us to cost-effectively leverage our existing network infrastructure so that we could quickly deploy VOD services across Arkansas.”

Entone’s IPTV VOD solution has become the preferred choice for operators looking to offer personal television services such as VOD and network personal video recording (nPVR). Its leadership position in IPTV VOD is measured not only in the number of deployments but also in the scale of deployments. Entone’s IPTV VOD solution has been selected and deployed by more than 50 telco service operators worldwide, including PCCW, the world’s largest IPTV deployment.

“Arkwest has taken a leadership role in their community by launching personalized television services and IPTV,” stated Ian Jefferson, Entone’s VP of Business Development. “We look forward to partnering with them on this exciting deployment.”

About Arkwest Communications

Arkwest Communications, headquartered in Danville, has been a pioneer in providing a variety of innovative phone, Internet, and IPTV services to the state of Arkansas and surrounding communities. Arkwest's IPTV service will provide digital access to more than 200 TV channels and 1,500 hours of movies on demand. It will be immediately available to 2,000 of Arkwest's 6,000-plus residential customers, including residents of Danville, Ola, Plainview, Belleville and Havana. Founded in 1935 by family patriarch Omer Sanders, Arkwest has long provided its rural customers with telecom offerings that often are only available in urban areas. For more information, go to: http://www.arkwest.com.

About Entone Technologies

Entone is a leading provider of standards-based solutions that uniquely address two revolutionary developments in home entertainment: on-demand television and in-home multimedia networks. The company's proven technology enables content providers to reliably deliver a variety of personal television services, such as video-on-demand (VOD) and network personal video recording (nPVR). Entone's open and highly scalable solutions include a content ingest system, an intelligent asset manager, software-defined video servers, and residential IP video gateways. Established in 1999 by the team that deployed the world's first commercial VOD service, Entone's solutions have been successfully installed at a number of the world's leading video service operators, such as Consolidated Communications, Lyse Tele, Pioneer Telephone, PCCW, and Telewest, just to name a few.

Entone is a privately held company with headquarters in California and global offices in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms and strategic investors such as BA Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Palomar Ventures, and TANDBERG Television. For more information about Entone Technologies, go to http://www.entone.com.

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