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ITVN launches IPTV Karaoke Channel
Interactive Television Networks has launched The Karaoke Channel, the first IPTV karaoke channel.

The Karaoke Channel is the product of a three-year agreement between ITVN and U.S. karaoke music producer Sound Choice. The 24-hour channel will feature thousands of individual song titles from Sound Choice, with titles spanning more than 100 years of music. Additional titles will be added every month.

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Gaydon to assume Pace Micro CEO slot
Pace Micro Technology has named current board member and director of worldwide sales and marketing Neil Gaydon as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Gaydon will assume the role April 14 upon the retirement of current CEO John Dyson.

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Modulus Video IPTV orders exceed $10 million

Orders for Modulus Video's MPEG-4 AVC SD and HD video encoding systems have exceeded $10 million.

It was driven in part by an order for more than 100 Modulus Video ME6000 high definition AVC encoders for a major U.S. telecommunications IPTV deployment.

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India telecom selects Optibase for IPTV headend
India's state-owned telecom Mahanagar Telephone Nigam will deploy Optibase's IPTV MGW 5100 platforms for its digital headend to enable triple play services in the Delhi and Mumbai areas.

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam is deploying these services targeted at their 3.9 million subscribers along with Time Broadband Services as the company’s video tier partner.

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EGT appoints Day senior vice president of sales
EGT has appointed Bob Day to senior vice president of sales. A broadband industry veteran, Day will be responsible for leading the company’s sales organization and initiatives.

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Spain’s Jazztel purchase Orca Interactive IPTV middleware
Orca Interactive is providing its RiGHTv IPTV middleware to Spanish telecom and broadband provider Jazztel as part of a multimillion Euro deal to allow Jazztel to penetrate the residential broadband market.

Jazztel has purchased RiGHTv licenses to support its TV subscribers with IPTV services initially offering live television over IP using MPEG-4, implemented at the end of 2005, with the addition of other services for 2006.

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TANDBERG Television complete acquisition of SkyStream Networks
TANDBERG Television has completed the acquisition of SkyStream Networks.

The combination strengthens TANDBERG Television's position in the IPTV market by enhancing its ability to provide content owners, programmers and operators with a combination of integrated compression, interactive and on-demand content solutions.

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