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September 09, 2009

Swedish Operator Picks Espial IPTV Middleware for Digital TV, VOD Services

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Swedish cable operator Com Hem AB has picked Espial IPTV middleware for its next generation digital TV and VOD services, “Com Hem (News - Alert) On Demand.”
Espial said the Evo TV Service Platform powers Com Hem’s recently launched on-demand TV services including movies on demand, catch-up TV programs and a music on-demand service called Musik.
The operator expects around 500,000 Swedish households to be able to use the services that will be actively rolled out and marketed by December 2009.
Chief Technology Officer of Com Hem, Martin Kull said that the powerful, high performance platform provided by Espial IPTV (News - Alert) middleware enables them to deliver a superior user experience and gives them the opportunity to rapidly add new innovative services.
Kull added that Espial (News - Alert) has helped them to develop and launch a variety of on-demand and interactive TV services based on a hybrid DVB & IP approach.
Jaison Dolvane, CEO, Espial said they are privileged to be part of Com Hem's new on-demand services roll-out and noted it to be one of the leading deployments of a hybrid-IP TV service by a major cable operator in Europe.
"This deployment clearly highlights the openness, performance and scalability of Espial's IPTV middleware and demonstrates our ability to meet the stringent requirements of leading TV service providers," Dolvane said.
Espial provides scalable and open digital and IPTV software to service providers in the cable, telecommunications and hospitality industries. In June, the company announced the launch of the Espial MediaBase version 9.0 Video-On-Demand (VOD) platform. The new platform builds on proven capabilities serving millions of live IPTV and cable subscribers to extend support for cable operators.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi