IPTV Notes

Optical Entertainment Network secures GSN carriage agreements
Houston, TX, -based Optical Entertainment Network (OEN) has signed an IPTV carriage agreement with GSN, the network for games, Lifetime, Oxygen, and the Tennis Channel.

The license was negotiated directly with each channel without any intermediaries.

OEN has created FISION, an integrated service for IPTV, Internet, Voice, VOD and other broadband applications, designed specifically to take advantage of the benefits of FTTH technology. FISION makes its content available for license to other communities in the United States.

For more information, visit www.4fiber.tv.

Minerva Networks, Nortel announce joint IPTV services development
Minerva Networks and Nortel have announced the joint development and release of an Application Interface (API) that enables the integration of real-time IPTV services with Minerva's iTVManager software.

Nortel is using this jointly developed interface as a first step to bring together Minerva’s IPTV middleware platform with Nortel’s IMS solution to make content available to users anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), the new API gives developers and service providers the tools needed to enable real-time applications, such as voice mail access and call back functionality over the television set.

For more information, visit www.minervanetworks.com.

M2B reaches agreement with Amadeus
M2B has signed a global agreement with the travel specialist Amadeus that will allow M2B to offer direct access to the extensive range of travel booking options available through travel service.

The agreement gives M2B’s millions of viewers worldwide the opportunity to book travel and simultaneously seek on-demand content about their international destinations.

Verizon gets green light in Lynnfield, MA
The Lynnfield, MA, Board of Selectmen voted unanimously March 20 to authorize Verizon to offer its fiber-optic-powered FiOS TV in the town.

Lynnfield is the third Massachusetts municipality to grant Verizon a cable franchise. The company also offers FiOS TV in Woburn and Reading, MA, as well as other locations in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

For more information, visit www.verizon.com (opens in new tab).

EACh launches with Narrowstep TelVOS
EACh, the European Affairs Channel, launched service last month as Europe's first broadband TV channel dedicated to the coverage of European politics.

The new channel operates with the TelVOS television operating system developed by Narrowstep. TelVOS has already been implemented for more than 60 broadband TV channels worldwide.

For more information, visit www.europeanaffairs.tv.

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