The latest happenings from around the world of IPTV to offer March Madness brackets to Facebook members announced Feb. 7 that it has developed and will host an official NCAA March Madness brackets application that will be offered and promoted to Facebook users for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Sixty-three million active Facebook users will have access to the brackets at

IRIS Networks relies on Harris for IPTV headend

IRIS Networks in Nashville, TN, has installed a Harris IPTV headend featuring NetVX MPEG-4/H.264 video encoding for the delivery of SD and HD terrestrial TV channels to rural independent telecommunications companies.

IRIS Networks is a member-owned organization composed of 11 independent telephone companies in Tennessee, southern Kentucky and Virginia. The organization’s Nashville point-of-presence (POP) serves as a centralized distribution point for the delivery of 16 channels of local off-air station programming to participating telecommunications companies.

The Harris IPTV headend installed at IRIS Networks’ POP in Nashville includes Harris Videotek DDM-800 ATSC demodulators and NetVX MPEG-2 decoders to receive and decode the TV signals from off-air antennas, and NetVX ENC-A21 MPEG-4/H.264 encoders to compress and transport the multiple SD and HD TV channels over a fiber-based IP backbone to the rural telephone companies that deliver the channels to subscribers at home and elsewhere.

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Xytech’s Peeters to speak at SMPTE/VSF 2008 Conference

Xytech Systems executive VP Ron Peeters will address the 2008 SMPTE/VSF Conference in Houston at the Intercontinental Hotel Feb. 11-13.

Peeters will give a presentation called “How to Manage Physical and Digital Assets for Unified Distribution Workflows.”

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Netherlands IPTV provider relies on Digital Fountain ToughStream

Tele2 Nederland, one of the first IPTV providers in the Netherlands, has selected the Digital Fountain ToughStream solution to improve its IPTV service.

After successful trials, ToughStream is now live and operational on Tele2’s IPTV network, providing protection against visible errors that naturally occur when delivering real-time media over IP networks. The ToughStream software solution eliminates video and audio degradation caused by packet loss, latency or out-of-order delivery.

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Amino announces AmiNET110 STB sales reach 1 million

IPTV set-top box manufacturer Amino shipped its one millionth AmiNET110 set-top box (STB) in the second half of last year, the company announced last week.

Nearly a half million AmiNET110 STBs were distributed in 2007 alone, the company said.

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