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September 06, 2007

Espial Upgrades IPTV Platform, Enhances DVR

By Greg Galitzine, Group Editorial Director

Espial (News - Alert) announced it has enhanced Evo DVR with updates to features including Evo StartOver TV, the ability to record multiple programs simultaneously, and an advanced conflict resolution engine. Later this week, Espial will be launching a new HD user interface and demonstrating new services including Evo Timeshift TV and mobile convergence capabilities.
In a recent column, Espial Vice President of Marketing Brian Mahony, discussed applications such as StartOverTV. These applications allow users “…to go back to the beginning of a show if you missed it, making it easier for less sophisticated users to experience the benefits of powerful DVR technology,” he said.
Evo DVR allows IPTV operators to offer their customers an enhanced viewing experience. The technology allows subscribers to schedule recurring recordings and play them back at anytime with full control to pause, rewind, fast-forward and bookmark.
“We’ve significantly improved our DVR capabilities in a way that makes the service much more compelling for IPTV (News - Alert) subscribers and more manageable for operators,” added Mahony.
Recently Espial announced the release of a new white paper titled The Role of Middleware in Reducing IPTV Total Cost of Ownership.
Among the findings discussed in the document, it was revealed that the cost of deploying new IPTV services can be reduced by as much as 33% if operators select open, scalable and more flexible middleware.
Espial’s Mahony will deliver a free workshop on September 7 at 9:30 in Room A in the IPTV Zone at IBC. He will discuss the white paper and the results of a total cost of ownership analysis for customers considering Espial’s Evo IPTV Service Platform. Among the report’s findings, service providers may be able to realize a savings of $195 million over a five-year deployment to one million subscribers.
Greg Galitzine (News - Alert) (News - Alert) is editorial director of TMCnet. To read more of Greg’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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