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The latest happenings from around the world of IPTV

TANDBERG TV acquires SkyStream
TANDBERG Television announced Feb. 8 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SkyStream Networks, in Sunnyvale, CA.

SkyStream's high-density Mediaplex-20 and iPlex switched digital video headends for MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC encoding and transcoding are used extensively by IPTV operators in Asia, Europe and the United States.

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Siemens names Tut Systems as SURPASS reseller
Siemens Communications has named Tut Systems as an authorized reseller of Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment middleware. The SURPASS Home Entertainment solution has already made IPTV services a reality for more than 75 U.S. regional operators and many more service providers throughout the globe.

The reseller agreement will help Tut Systems augment its expertise in headend IPTV solutions.

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Globecast upgrades to Irdeto Pisys

GlobeCast has selected the Irdeto Digital TV content security solution for large operators to secure its satellite TV content distribution service worldwide.

GlobeCast has upgraded from Irdeto's M-Crypt control system for small to medium-sized operators to the Irdeto PIsys control system, a more comprehensive and scalable system. Both control systems use the same smart cards and set top boxes.

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PanAmSat offers Vis-à-TV
PanAmSat is offering U.S. cable systems, DTH, IPTV and broadband network distributors an a la carte portfolio of international programming.

Named Vis-à-TV, the new business will acquire rights to programming and distribute the programming to cable MSOs, IPTV platforms and broadband Internet service providers either for linear subscription or VOD service.

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Kasenna raises $11 million
Kasenna announced last week the closing of an $11 million round of funding. Led by Intel Capital with participation by all existing major investors, the private equity investment will be used to further accelerate the company’s growth in the domestic and international IPTV and cable markets as well as strengthen its balance sheet.

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Varsity TV launches on Verizon FiOS
Varsity Media Group last week launched Varsity TV on Verizon's FiOS TV fiber-optic video service. Varsity TV will be carried in FiOS TV's Expanded Basic package on channel 220 in current and future FiOS TV markets. FiOS TV is currently available in California, North Texas, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

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Denmark’s TDC chooses Alcatel
TDC, Denmark’s largest telecom and cable TV operator, has selected Alcatel for the deployment of its IPTV offering. The solution will include the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform and Alcatel’s services integration.

The Alcatel/Microsoft TV IPTV solution offers features such as instant channel change, personal video recorder with one-touch recording and pausing live TV and video on demand.

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Alcom selects Latens for security
Ålands Datakommunication (Alcom) has selected IPTV and pay-TV software-based security company Latens to provide security for its IPTV services.

Alcom plans to multicast MPEG-2 single program transport stream (SPTS) content encoded as MPEG-2 (SD and HD) and MPEG-4/AVC video using IP streamers to IP-set top receivers provided by Kreatel. The middleware for the Alcom system is the Northport Modulution.

TV content will be encrypted using the Latens Stream Encryption Engine fed from an Anevia streamer. VOD Content provided by the Anevia VOD streamers will be encrypted by the Latens VOD Encryption Engine, with both VOD and TV services protected by Latens FCAS.

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KyLinTV launches IPTV educational channels
KyLinTV in Plainview, NY, has premiered more than 700 hours of new educational programming for students of all ages with Geo and Why.

Together with Sun TV, Geo and Why offer a range of informative programs.

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Controlware, T-VIPs announce distribution deal
Video access, transmission and management solutions provider Controlware has entered into a partnership with Norwegian T-VIPS to distribute T-VIP's products in North America.

The new relationship combines Controlware's expertise in video networking and management with T-VIPS's solutions for using IP networks to transport professional broadcast video.

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