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August 13, 2007

Coventive Deploys Espial's Evo IPTV App on Set-Top Box

By Spencer D. Chin, TMCnet Web Editor

IPTV middleware and applications provider Espial (News - Alert) Group Inc. continues to be on a roll. Having just licensed its Evo platform to RealPage, the company has announced that Coventive K.K., an international system integrator and set-top box manufacturer, has signed an agreement to license its Evo Client platform.

Evo Client, along with the modular components and applications of the Evo IPTV (News - Alert) Service Platform, enable content-rich applications and Internet-on-TV services for subscribers. Espial has shipped more than one million Evo subscriber licenses worldwide.

Coventive selected Evo Client to power its multimedia set-top boxes. Leveraging Evo's small footprint and open architecture, Coventive was able to integrate the middleware into its highly-reliable STB that adopts the latest System on a Chip (SOC) design. This combination enables low power consumption and board minimization; important features for operators and system integrators alike.

"We were impressed with Espial Evo's small footprint and fast application performance so we could create a customized experience for our customers," said Toshihiko Kumashiro, CEO, Coventive, in a statement. "The Evo Future-Proof Framework ensured we were able to finish our integration quickly and provide a robust solution to our customers."

Coventive has ported Espial's IPTV middleware and applications to its set-top box for use with a Japanese service provider of Broadband Video on Demand (VoD) service. Available later in August 2007, this solution provides VoD capabilities to major hotels and hospitals throughout Japan. By using Espial's SkinTones Development Kit, the service provider is able to customize the user interface and create new user experiences for its viewers.

"Coventive is an important partner for Espial in the high-growth Japanese television market," said Shoji Nishimura, Espial's Country Manager, Japan. "This licensing agreement will help to expand Espial's market presence with subscribers and service providers alike."

For more information about the Evo IPTV Service Platform, please visit www.espial.com or jp.espial.com.

Spencer Chin is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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