Narrowstep launches set-top box with Amino

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Narrowstep, the broadband TV specialist, is poised to move from the PC screen to the TV. The Cambridge-headquartered technology firm is teaming up with Amino Communications, the UK-headquartered internet protocol television (IPTV) set-top maker, enabling IPTV channels to be delivered to TV screens.

Narrowstep—which is behind 120 broadband television channels, among them ITV Local, London TV and TeacherNet—is pooling its television operation system (telvOS) with Amino's set-top box software, creating an IPTV service complementing digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV with its niche channels.

Video content will be available in linear schedules, via a search function, as well as live and on-demand. Viewers navigate channels via an electronic programme guide (EPG) and channel operators can offer programming on subscription, pay-per-view and advertising-supported bases.

"The combination of Narrowstep and Amino technologies provides a low-cost end-to-end IPTV solution that can be deployed rapidly," said Iolo Jones, Narrowstep founder.

"As well as appealing to internet service providers (ISPs) and network providers wishing to launch their own branded TV services, it will enable broadcasters and content owners to directly distribute their own channels, cutting out the need to work through traditional distributors. We wanted to build on the 'best of IBC' award we won last year and where better to launch our new offering than IBC 2006. For the first time, individual channels will be able to launch a real 'TV station in a box' solution."

Narrowstep will be demonstrating its IPTV set-top box on Amino's stand at IBC 2006 at 3:30pm on Friday, 8th September in Hall 5, Stand 238.

Lovelace Consulting  |  06.09.2006

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