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09.26.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
The latest happenings from around the world of IPTV

Programmers commit to SES Americom for IPTV distribution
SES Americom announced last week that more than 30 television programmers and networks representing 120 channels have signed IPTV transport agreements with SES Americom and its IP-PRIME IPTV Television Broadcast Center.

Starz!/Encore, A&E Television Networks, Hallmark Channels and Lifetime Networks headline the line-up, which is expected to surpass the 200-channel mark by the time IP-PRIME makes its commercial debut later this year.

The centralized, satellite-delivered IPTV solution originates from SES Americom's IPTV distribution center based in Vernon Valley, NJ, where high-end video programming and content is received, processed and then transported nationwide by satellite to authorized video hubs and consumer set-top boxes.

For more information, visit: www.ses-americom.com.


AT&T to distribute TVG Network horse-racing coverage
AT&T and interactive horse-racing network TVG Network this week announced a distribution agreement to deliver TVG's horse-racing programming as part of the AT&T U-verse TV channel line-up.
Under the agreement, AT&T U-verse TV customers will have access to TVG's full programming line-up, including up to eight live races an hour from more than 60 thoroughbred race tracks.
For more information, visit: http://www.tvg.com/ and www.att.com.


Entone Technologies turns to CopperGate
Entone Technologies has selected CopperGate's CG3010 chipset as a key component providing the home entertainment data networking features of Entone's HD MPEG-4 IPTV set-top boxes.
Entone STBs with embedded CopperGate chips will enable multi-room video and content sharing without the need for additional cabling.
For more information, visit: www.entone.com and www.copper-gate.com.


Iowa telcos turn to Occam
Several local telecommunications carriers in Iowa have turned to Occam Networks to upgrade their networks for offering new services, such as triple play, to customers.
Occam Networks supplies Ethernet- and IP-based loop carrier equipment to ILECs, IOCs and other telecommunications companies.
The companies include Farmers Mutual Telephone Cooperative/USACommunications, Alpine Communications, Northeast Iowa Telephone (NEIT), Baldwin/Nashville Telephone, Schaller Telephone and Andrew Telephone.
For more information, visit: www.occamnetworks.com.


Comstar Odessa turns to mPhase for IPTV deployment
Fixed line operator Comstar Odessa has placed an order for mPhase Technologies’ software platform to support a new Internet-based television (IPTV) service in Ukraine.
The phased deployment will begin as a 1500-subscriber trial for one month, and then scale up to a 6,000-subscriber commercial system. The mPhase TV+ system enables advanced video services over broadband access networks.
For more information, visit: www.mPhaseTech.com.



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