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Johanne Torres[November 12, 2004]

Would You Add IPTV to Your Triple Play?


I thought this whole TV + Internet idea wore out quickly a few years ago after the WebTV flop was long gone. It seems companies have not completely scratched off the concept. Now comes Coaxsys—a high-speed standard coaxial cable networking and distribution solutions provider announcing a “breakthrough” technology for the distribution of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV - define - news -alert) in the home. The new service called TVnet, was created, the company says, to instantly transform an existing home TV coaxial cable infrastructure into a high-speed, IPTV-ready digital entertainment network. Coaxsys wants its IPTV service to reach telcos and equipment vendors so they add it on to their triple-play offerings combining services of voice, video and data.

Coaxsys believes that its TVnet eliminates the roadblock of hardwiring Category 5 (Cat 5) cable throughout the home, allowing incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) to deploy IPTV services immediately, while reducing the overall cost of deployment. The concept behind TVnet seems to be a solution for set top box and residential gateway manufacturers to integrate compatible networking interfaces into their products for IPTV-based networks.

"There are over 100 million homes in North America already wired with coax and TVnet can instantly transform each of them into a high performance, IPTV-ready multimedia network," said Michael D'Addio, CEO of Coaxsys. "TVnet enables telephone operators to instantly deploy IPTV services to create new opportunities for revenue generation, while also providing the ability for customers to create an instant distribution and sharing network -- wherever a coax jack exists."

The two-year old Los Gatos, CA-based company says the Coaxsys IPTV 7000 TVnet adapters are as easy to setup as a cable ready TV. Once a TVnet adapter is connected to the video or broadband source, all other coax jacks in the home become network-enabled. Other TVnet adapters can then be connected to any network-enabled device to provide access to the Internet, share peripherals, or stream high-quality digital audio and video, including multi-channel TV and HDTV signals. TVnet delivers up to 104mps transfer rate and supports distances up to 250 feet. TVnet is also compatible with TV splitters and supports Ethernet unicast, multicast, and broadcast.

The TVnet adapter connects to any network-enabled operating system or device with an RJ-45 Ethernet network interface. It is compatible with connecting IPTV set top boxes and gaming console systems, such as the Microsoft, Xbox, to the Internet for online game playing—this may mean bad news to the moms in the house wanting to keep away the kids (husbands included) from playing the addictive video games in the living room. TVnet coax Ethernet adapters are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux-based PCs.

The company began shipping adapters to operators, as well as seeking relationships with equipment providers for the integration of TVnet technology into their products. Qualified operators may obtain samples by contacting Coaxsys.

Coaxsys, Inc.

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.


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