itaas announces testing of Digital-to-Analog (DTA) converters for set-top box system compliance

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MSOs leverage itaas’ industry expertise and lab infrastructure to support the rollout of DTA devices.

Our customers across the industry count on us to provide development and support for the latest technologies and tools to facilitate the rollout of digital TV services and equipment.

itaas, Inc., announced today, a program for the testing and certification of DTA devices. MSOs have identified several sources of these devices as part of the effort to transition to all digital service. Converting signals to digital provides MSOs with bandwidth gains, which can be used to provide additional services and programming. Manufacturers of DTA devices are relying on itaas’ experience and comprehensive infrastructure to ensure compliance with industry standards.

“We are pleased to add another support component to the deployment of digital technologies”, says Jaspal Bhasin, COO of itaas. “Our customers across the industry count on us to provide development and support for the latest technologies and tools to facilitate the rollout of digital TV services and equipment.”

The DTA compliance testing process will involve working with a variety of manufacturers to test subscriber devices prior to deployment in MSO systems. The DTA devices are designed to work with major cable headend systems, simplifying inventory and deployment.    Companies that supply the DTA devices will be able to test compliance as well as take advantage of itaas’ expertise and labs in early pre-production and development processes.

The use of DTA converters will allow service providers to convert existing analog services to digital, freeing up bandwidth currently used to transmit analog programming. The DTA device converts the digital signals to analog for older TV sets that do not have digital tuners.

itaas’ portfolio of services includes a full range of software design, development, testing and support services for MSOs, Programmers, Application Developers and Technology Providers. In addition, itaas supports the development and deployment of interactive applications and services through the istart developer program. This program offers SDKs and support for Time Warner Cable's MDN, ODN and MAS software, Cisco’s SARA/PowerTV and OCAP Axiom, FourthWall Media’s EBIF user agent and the TVWorks ETV platform.

About itaas, Inc.

itaas plays a unique, multi-faceted role in developing and delivering interactive television. The company reaches across the entire iTV ecosystem to ensure that customers are able to develop and deploy applications, including ETV, tru2way, and IP solutions across multimedia devices. itaas provides software development, integration and testing services to the content and application provider across the broadband network and all the way to the set-top box or consumer device.

For over 10 years, itaas has worked with all iTV constituents; service providers, technology suppliers, application developers and programmers to create and bring iTV solutions to market. This includes ETV platform licensing, SARA guide enhancements and support, and next generation/IP technologies. With advanced digital development expertise, tools, lab facilities and deployment support across a broad range of cable TV and IPTV platforms, itaas has developed many of today's most recognized white label interactive applications. The company is headquartered in the U.S. with international facilities and more than 100 customers worldwide.


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