OTTAWA, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ - Espial(R) Group Inc. (TSX: ESP), a leading provider of IPTV middleware and applications, and Avail Media, the nation's premier provider of content aggregation and IPTV transport services, today announced the signing of a sales agreement and strategic partnership. According to the terms of the deal, Avail Media will resell Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform to small and mid-sized operators in the North American market. The partners also intend to jointly develop and share revenues for a range of new and differentiating IPTV applications that will leverage the strengths of their respective technologies. In addition, Avail Media revealed that nine (9) North American service provider customers have already selected Espial's Evo IPTV Service Platform as their middleware, pre-integrated with Avail Media's managed video content services. "We are pleased with Espial's Evo IPTV Service Platform which is open, flexible and carrier-grade. The Evo architecture allows us to seamlessly and rapidly integrate our access technologies and premium content," said Ramu Potarazu, Chief Executive Officer of Avail Media. "This means our customers can accelerate their time-to-market for deploying differentiated IPTV services with a premium quality of experience." Through the partnership, Espial and Avail Media bring to market an integrated, turnkey IPTV solution. This includes a large transport rights library of more than 220 channels from the major national programmers including ESPN, ABC, Disney, MTV Networks, Fox Networks, and many others. This premium content is delivered over a proven and fully integrated end-to-end infrastructure which is powered by the Espial Evo IPTV Service Platform. "The compelling value proposition of the turnkey solution made it an easy choice for us. The Avail Media-Espial pre-integrated solution allows us to deploy our IPTV service quickly and effectively," said Mike Woods, Prime Time Communications, VP of Operations. "With Avail Media's extensive library of premium content and the sleek user interface enabled by Evo, we've enjoyed rapid customer uptake with a superior service. We are assured that our subscribers have access to the content they want over a robust, carrier-grade infrastructure." Espial's flagship Evo IPTV Service Platform, which includes the carrier-grade Evo Server, fast and intuitive Evo Client middleware, standards-based and extensible Evo Future-Proof Framework(TM), and various applications including Evo EPG, Evo VOD, Evo Browser, and Evo DVR, was designed as a better performing, more modular, scalable, and cost-effective alternative to other more monolithic solutions on the market today. "Avail Media's decision to license the Evo IPTV Service Platform and become our strategic reseller targeting small and mid-size service providers will accelerate adoption of IPTV in the US market," said Dave Williamson, Espial Vice President of Sales. "The combination of Avail Media's extensive set of transport rights to premium SD, HD and audio channels with their proven capability to deploy and manage the service delivery infrastructure for an operator makes this an exciting partnership." ABOUT ESPIAL GROUP, INC. (www.espial.com) Espial provides IPTV middleware and applications that enable superior quality of experience, fast application performance, carrier-grade scalability, and open extensibility, all at a lower total cost of ownership. Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform, which can be purchased as modular components or as part of a pre-integrated client-server solution, includes Evo Client, Evo Server, Evo Browser, Evo BML Browser, Evo Future-Proof Framework(TM) (FPF), Evo SkinTones(TM) and applications such as Electronic Program Guide, Video on Demand, Digital Video Recorder, Content Portal, Games, and Triple Play. ABOUT AVAIL MEDIA, Inc. (www.availmedia.com) Avail Media is the only company today to deliver a combined MPEG-4 linear TV and Video On Demand (VOD) IPTV solution. Avail Media, the nation's premier provider of content aggregation and IPTV transport services, delivers to its customers a full line-up of live television programming with hundreds of channels, all quality encoded in MPEG-4, IP encapsulated, encrypted, combined with VOD and designed for future value-added services. Avail Media's system has been designed for use by broadband network operators of all types. Whether triple-play, quad-play, or pure video play, Avail Media offers the broadest and deepest set of IPTV services, technologies and solutions available in the marketplace today. For more information, please visit www.availmedia.com. Forward Looking Statements -------------------------- Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements", which reflect management's expectations. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as they reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the statements made. The forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and Espial assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect press events or circumstances except as expressly required by applicable securities law. Further information regarding the uncertainties and risks can be found in the disclosure documents filed by Espial with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedar.com.
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