IPTV Industry Leaders Offer Cost-Effective HD MPEG-4 Delivery Solution

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Entone, Inc., an innovator of IPTV home connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of HD NOW™, a solution that enables IPTV service operators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy high-definition (HD) services alongside their existing MPEG-2, IPTV infrastructure.

Entone, Inc., an innovator of IPTV home connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of HD NOW™, a solution that enables IPTV service operators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy high-definition (HD) services alongside their existing MPEG-2, IPTV infrastructure.

HD NOW is a fully-integrated HD MPEG-4 solution that complements existing MPEG-2 IPTV headend infrastructures, without the high costs of building out an MPEG-4 headend. HD NOW enables operators to offer HD as a premium service and creates a smooth transition path to additional revenue-generating services enabled by HD content. In addition to Entone's Hydra IP Video Gateway, HD NOW utilizes SES AMERICOM's HD-4 technology and includes options for best-in-class middleware and content security systems.

"Operators need to remain competitive as consumers demand more HD content. HD NOW minimizes the risks associated with complex technical build-outs, and provides a cost-effective, 'out-of-the-box' solution for delivering HD content," comments Bill Squadron, President of SES Americom's IP-PRIME® group.

"The HD NOW solution enables us to fill a void in the market," says Steve McKay, CEO of Entone, Inc. "There are numerous operators who have successfully launched IPTV services but are challenged by the up-front costs of an HD service launch. HD NOW leverages their existing infrastructure and enables them to get up and running with significantly less risk than other options."

HD NOW™ Benefits:

  • Fully integrated HD MPEG-4 solution ready for deployment now
  • HD NOW can be deployed within 3-4 weeks
  • Cost-effective solution allows service operators to instantly offer HD programming
  • Entone's Hydra IP Video Gateway eliminates the need for a set-top box at each TV, saving both capital and operating costs
  • 32+ HD channels for the cost of 6 HD encoders
  • Supplements existing MPEG-2, IPTV infrastructure
  • Full DVR capabilities throughout the home
  • Ease of installation and maintenance
  • Complete headend system in a rack
  • One video gateway per household

About Entone, Inc.

Entone is an innovator of IPTV home connectivity solutions. Initially established in 1999 by the team that deployed the world's first commercial IP telco video service, Entone's proven technology enables service providers to reliably deliver integrated video and broadband services using existing in-home networks. Entone has worked with a number of the world's leading video service operators and is recognized for its practical focus on improving the business case for video services by offering products that address key CAPEX and OPEX issues commonly associated with deploying IP video services. Entone is a privately held company with headquarters in California and offices in Hong Kong. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Menlo Ventures and Scale Venture Partners. For more information about Entone, go to http://www.entone.com.

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