SES AMERICOM taps Amino for IPTV set-top boxes
SES AMERICOM taps Amino for IPTV set-top boxes
-HD capable device selected to support end-to-end IP-PRIME solution-
-Amino (booth# 907) and SES AMERICOM (booth# 220) to
demonstrate IPTV technology at Telco TV, Nov. 6-8-
PRINCETON, NJ and Cambridge, UK, November 2, 2006: - Amino, a leading IPTV platform supplier, and SES AMERICOM, the largest satellite services provider in the U.S., today announced a multi-year set top box agreement to support IP-PRIME, an innovative, centralized IPTV distribution service serving telephone companies across America today.
As part of the agreement, Amino will provide its cutting-edge AmiNET130 set top box, a fully flexible standard and high definition, MPEG-2/4 AVC/H.264 capable device, to enable SES AMERICOM's end-to-end delivery of its IP-PRIME IPTV service to consumer homes throughout the U.S. Rural telephone companies in three cities are already in advanced trials of IP-PRIME, which enables telcos and broadband service providers to greatly cut deployment costs and accelerate time to market.
"Amino IPTV set top boxes are proven and tested around the world and provide a powerful choice for service providers tapping the open, turnkey IP-PRIME content distribution platform to effectively and affordably offer a compelling lineup of world class television," said Alan Young, chief technology officer for SES AMERICOM. "The Amino devices are the first of several set top boxes to be selected for IP-PRIME, which is a truly open delivery solution designed to eliminate barriers to entry and drive competition in the world of IP television."
The AmiNET130, like all set top boxes in the AmiNET series, offers highly flexible support for new broadcast technology as well as proven pre-integration and interoperability with the major providers of other elements of the IPTV value chain; middleware, content security, encoders and browsers. The AmiNET130 was first introduced in April of this year at NAB 2006.
"SES AMERICOM is expanding the options for telcos to access content and deploy attractive IPTV services as part of a Triple-play strategy of voice calls, broadband internet and digital television on-demand," noted Roy Kirsopp, VP and General Manager of Amino. "The ability to send IP-based video over satellite to dedicated hubs around the world, while cutting the initial investment requirements of telcos to access such content, can only have a positive impact upon the industry as a whole. Amino is committed to making IPTV deployments as painless as possible and IP-PRIME takes us another step close to our goal of IPTV access for all."
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The fully-managed IP-PRIME solution brings together the world's leading IPTV components and technology partners-including Globecomm, Harmonic, Amino, NDS, Scientific-Atlanta and Siemens-creating an end-to-end service with encoding, middleware, scrambling/descrambling, content protection, conditional access, set top boxes, service management and integration services. More than 30 television programmers and networks representing more than 120 channels to date have signed IP-PRIME transport agreements, marking the programming community's overwhelming approval of the secure IPTV service. Currently providing beta trial service to telcos of all sizes throughout the country, IP-PRIME is set for commercial deployment early next year. The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which supports rural utilities offering services to millions of U.S. households, is in the advanced stages of end-to-end IP-PRIME field trials in three states, while BellSouth has been testing the IP-PRIME headend solution for nearly a year.
IP-PRIME is delivered via SES AMERICOM's AMC-9 satellite, which is ideally suited for delivering critical services with its high power C-Band payload and high service availability across the US. SES AMERICOM's industry-leading record of reliability enables the innovator to provide the carrier class service that telcos expect. AMC-9 is one of more than 40 satellites in the SES GLOBAL fleet.
About SES AMERICOM
The largest supplier of satellite services in the U.S., SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), is recognized as a pioneer of global satellite communications services. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its first satellite, the company today operates a fleet of 18 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas. As a member of the SES GLOBAL family, SES AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region of the world via a fleet of 44 satellites. In addition, AMERICOM Government Services, a wholly owned subsidiary, is dedicated to providing satellite-based communications solutions to both civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. government. With its combined operations, SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communication and content distribution solutions.
Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) supplies the AmiNET™ series of set-top boxes renowned for their low-cost and reliability. The AmiNET range materially reduces service operators' capital expenditure, whilst offering the full range of specification required; MPEG2 and MPEG4 encoding standards, standard and high definition TV, personal video recording and home networking. The high performance coupled with the innovative design of Amino's set-top boxes, have brought the series industry accolades and the company a leading position within the IPTV market.
The AmiNET series of IPTV set-top boxes has been used by more than 500 customers in commercial deployments and trials in over 50 countries worldwide. The set-top boxes have also been sampled by another additional 800 customers. Amino Communications' principal customers are telecommunications, broadcast and hospitality service operators. Generally, AmiNET products are supplied with the IntAct™ IPTV software stack pre-loaded.
Amino Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta (Georgia) and Hong Kong.
Jenna Keighley, EML, +44 (0) 20 8408 8000, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Martin-Loat, Amino Communications, +44 (0) 1954 234 100,
Monica Morgan, SES AMERICOM, 609-987-4143,
Paul Sims, SES AMERICOM, 678-576-6126,