OTTAWA, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - (Booth #IP103 in "IPTV Zone"
at IBC, September 7-11) - The cost of deploying new IPTV services can be
reduced by as much as 33% if operators select open, scalable and more
flexible middleware, according to a new white paper released by Espial(R)
Group Inc. (TSX: ESP), a leading provider of IPTV middleware and
applications. With middleware like Espial's Evo(R) IPTV Service Platform,
operators can save upwards of $195 million when deploying new IPTV
services, based on a five-year deployment scenario to one million
The white paper, written in conjunction with outside consultants, and
incorporating industry research and Espial's experience deploying to over
one million IPTV subscribers, analyzes the role that middleware plays in
the total cost of ownership of an IPTV service. Findings include how
next-generation middleware allows operators to reduce set-top box (STB)
costs by 39%. These STB savings reflect the benefits of a smaller
footprint, data-driven architecture that can leverage lower-cost,
longer-life set-top boxes. Another 35% and 42% savings, respectively, can
be realized on the IPTV middleware itself and related IPTV ecosystem costs
due to an architecture that can support over 100,000 subscribers per
application server and provides easy-to-integrate adapters for
ecosystem/OSS/BSS components and data management.
"The choice of a next-generation middleware platform, such as Espial's
Evo, plays a major role in reducing an operator's cost of deploying and
maintaining an IPTV service, thereby increasing the return on investment,"
said Brian Mahony, Espial's Vice President of Marketing. "While operators
are spending billions on network infrastructure and other IPTV ecosystem
components, the right IPTV middleware can be the difference between
financial success or failure of the project."
Other findings show how half of service creation and innovation costs
can be saved. These innovations include new revenue-generating triple play
and mobile convergence applications, and new user interfaces personalized
to the needs of geographically or demographically diverse subscriber
For more information about reducing the total cost of ownership of IPTV
deployments, Espial's whitepaper is available now to qualified
professionals by emailing TCO@espial.com.
ABOUT ESPIAL (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.
SOURCE ESPIAL GROUP