Espial(R) IPTV Launches Carrier-Grade Evo(R) Server

Evo IPTV Service Platform is the industry's first modular and open


Nov 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from Espial Group

    DALLAS, TX, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ - Espial(R) IPTV, the leading provider
 of IPTV middleware and applications, today announced the launch of Evo(R)
 Server, a carrier-grade middleware platform for IPTV service management.
 Evo Server, together with Espial's market-leading Evo(R) Client set-top box
 software, make up the industry's first modular and open IPTV middleware
 system- the Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform. Evo is the only IPTV platform
 available that allows operators to purchase best-of-breed components
 separately or as part of a pre-integrated client-server middleware
     Espial's Evo Server is a massively scalable, continuously available and
 truly open IPTV management system. Developed from the ground up to optimize
 scalability, performance, and total cost of ownership, Evo Server breaks
 new ground by empowering service providers to deliver highly successful
 IPTV services. Evo Server includes support for the following IPTV
     - Live TV Management
     - Video on Demand (VOD) Data Management
     - High Performance Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
     - Radio TV
     - Packaging and Pricing
     - Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
     - Advertising Server
     - Pay-Per-View (PPV)
     "Evo Server continues the Espial commitment to modular and open IPTV
 architectures," said Espial Founder and CEO Jaison Dolvane. "While it can
 be sold as part of a pre-integrated client-server IPTV middleware platform,
 we are committed to our existing customers and partners to integrate with
 whatever IPTV components they may have developed in-house or integrated
 from third parties."
     Evo Server manages the link to subscribers by delivering IPTV services
 from the head-end to the home. With a rich set of packaging, promotion and
 pricing options, operators can optimize the way their products are created
 and delivered. And with Evo Server's fault and performance monitoring
 system, operators have the tools they need to manage their IPTV service
 once it is delivered.
     Evo Server's data-driven architecture eliminates the bottlenecks
 typically present in browser-based IPTV systems. With a cluster-based
 architecture for carrier-grade reliability and an IP-based multicast data
 carousel for efficient data distribution, Evo Server can scale to millions
 of subscribers without compromising performance or service quality. What's
 more, Evo Server is one of the only fully-redundant IPTV systems on the
 market, designed with no single points-of-failure, in-service upgrades, and
 hitless expansions and reconfigurations.
     Evo Server's data-driven architecture also contributes to one of the
 lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) metrics in the industry. Since it
 minimizes network and server utilization and reduces the processing and
 storage footprint on the set-top box, upwards of ten thousand subscribers
 per node can be supported. This TCO/performance ratio further drives down
 costs by reducing power consumption and hardware costs.
     Evo Server offers all of these advantages while remaining a key part of
 the most open and modular IPTV middleware platform on the market. Not only
 can operators, partners, and integrators choose separate modular Evo
 components, they can also rapidly create new services, cost-effectively
 integrate third-party IPTV ecosystem products, and port to any set-top box
 or device that fits their business model.
     "Espial's carrier-grade Evo Server introduction makes the Evo IPTV
 Service Platform a real alternative to the Microsoft IPTV middleware," said
 Dittberner Associates Research Director James Heath. "Most carriers are
 looking for the lowest cost per subscriber, both in terms of initial
 expenditures and ongoing operating costs, and Evo's scalability and
 efficiency meet these requirements. Together with Evo's novel architecture
 for enabling modularity and openness, I expect Espial to give competitors a
 run for their money."
     "The launch of the Evo Server component of the Evo IPTV Service
 Platform concludes a year of testing, pilots, and carrier-grade deployments
 with global telcos," said Rob Nadon, Espial Director of Product Management,
 Evo IPTV Service Platform. "Evo's data-driven architecture proved out to
 provide the scalability, performance, total cost of ownership, and open
 integration environment that has been sorely lacking in the IPTV industry
 until now."
     Espial's products are being deployed to over 500,000 IPTV subscribers
 and the company was recently named the #1 IPTV client middleware vendor by
 ABI Research. With key customers such as NTT, Belgacom, UPC, OnCommand,
 LodgeNet, Auroras and partners including Siemens/Myrio, Motorola, Sumitomo,
 Tilgin, Amino, Dasan, Thomson, and Philips, Espial's leadership in IPTV and
 consumer services spans over nine years. Over 2.5 million consumers have
 already experienced Espial technology, from hotel interactive TV and VOD
 services through OnCommand and LodgeNet, to interactive interfaces in BMW
 vehicles and Hitachi TVs, to leading deployments with Telcos in the
 Americas, Europe, and Asia.
     At TelcoTV, Espial is demonstrating the full Evo IPTV Service Platform,
 including Evo Server, at booth 1206. Other partners and customers, such as
 Auroras Entertainment (booth 1023), will also be demonstrating the full Evo
 IPTV Service Platform or modular components.
     Espial provides IPTV middleware and applications that are modular,
 fully skinnable, turbo-fast, and truly open. Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service
 Platform, which can be purchased as best-of-breed components or as part of
 a pre-integrated client-server solution, includes Evo(R) Client, Evo(R)
 Server, Evo Future-Proof Framework(TM) (FPF), and applications such as
 SkinTones(TM), Electronic Program Guide, Video on Demand, Content Portal,
 Games, Triple Play, and Web Browser. Espial products have been integrated
 with or deployed by more than 100 vendors and operators including NTT,
 Belgacom, UPC, Siemens, Motorola, Sumitomo, Amino, mPhase, Philips, Tilgin,
 LodgeNet, OnCommand and S-Net Systems.

SOURCE Espial Group