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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New IPTV STBs are shipping now!

Hi!

We did our own STBs - from PCB and box design to the system software, everything is ours - so, we started shipping in Q3 already, and now we can offer the boxes to our existing and new customers, so you're welcome! :-)

Please check the video below showing how the box looks like and come to our team is any questions... Read more...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another brick in the wall - Youtube videos for IPTV subs is now live!

COMSTAR-UTS delivered Youtube access through IP STB user interface for its subs, see more here.
This service is based on SmartTUBE UI and SDP as well as SmartBRIDGE which are deployed in COMSTAR by us. Read more...

Friday, July 2, 2010

COMSTAR-UTS runs new advanced services based on our SDP

COMSTAR-UTS (StreamTV IPTV project in Moscow) runs new advanced services for their subs - StreamPHOTO (an access to online personal photo library from IPTV user interface), and Pictire-in-picture (PiP). This is possible because of continues development of our SmartTUBE UI client applications and SmartTUBE SDP.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

We did secured PC PLayer for COMSTAR-UTS IPTV Service

Hi all.

Recently Stream TV (COMSTAR-UTS IPTV service in Moscow) has launched PC Player service secured with SecureMedia DRM. The player's developed by us and it has 100% look and feel like the UI at STBs. Please check details (in Russian) here.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

SmartLabs deploys SecureMedia DRM in COMSTAR-UTS (StreamTV)

The official Press release is here (in Russian). Summary: SecureMedia DRM was deployed for all StreamTV subs, all STBs, and PC player. It works fine :-) Read more...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Company identity updated

Hi, All!
We have just renovated our web site look and feel according to our recent company logo and corporate style update. Please visit www.smartlabs.tv to check.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New cool interactive gadget at COMSTAR IPTV service - Moscow traffic jam status!

When we have discussed the Scope of Work with the customer, we have suggested that rather than to perform some R&D and interoperability testing with Yandex API, it's simplier just to put a static "10 points" picture :-) and it won't be a overstatement in Moscow soon...

The service details are here (in Russian). Read more...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Secured PC client - what do you expect?

“Opposite to existing protected PC players in the market created by non SDP specialty vendors that either use a proprietary technology, possess a very limited interface or lack of service customization access for third-parties, our SmartTUBE PC Player delivers service providers a full-functional PC Player with rich-animated user interface, all available IPTV services and now secured with a leading content protection software. We believe that now service providers can extend their services across different end-points to make entertainment experience more flexible for subscribers.”

This is a key message.

Another words, SmartTUBE PC PLayer with SecureMedia protection is a unique solution in the industry at the moment - if we have a look at the secured PC players in the market, we have Apple and Microsoft proprietary solutions from one side, and players produced by DRM vendors from the other side. So, if a service provider would like to add secured PC player service to its offering, and this PC player should be based on open standards and non-proprietary technologies, and this player should have advanced User Interface, etc., SmartTUBE PC Player is the only way to go!
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SmartLabs secured its PC Player with SecureMedia

Press release
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SmartLabs LLC Extends Premium Video Entertainment to the PC Platform, Secured by the Encryptonite ONE™ System

SecureMedia protects Russia’s eminent supplier of converged service delivery platforms for interactive television over fixed and wireless networks

SPOTLIGHT IBC2009, Amsterdam, 7 SEPTEMBER 2009—SecureMedia, the technology leader in open content protection software for secure video and multimedia delivery over IP networks and SmartLabs LLC, a leader in SDP for interactive digital television, innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs, announced today the launch of the secure SmartTUBE PC Player, a fully customizable platform application extension to the popular SmartTUBE SDP- Converged service delivery platform, protected by the SecureMedia’s Encryptonite ONE™ System. PC users will be able to enjoy the same high quality (MPEG-4 H.264) viewing experience “on the go” as they do from their home while service providers and broadcasters can extend or create new revenue-generating business opportunities.


Unique to this PC Player application and a testament to the flexibility of SmartLabs’ SmartTUBE SDP is its ability for dynamic UI customization that easily creates and automatically publishes the same interface and user experience for both STB and PC platform. The Encryptonite ONE™ System provides the non-stop content protection to enable access to the richest offering of premium digital content and video-on-demand services.
The SmartTUBE PC Player is a member of SmartLabs’ SmartTUBE UI, an innovative client applications based on available IPTV industry standards and universal cross-platform graphical engine, QT for Embedded Linux from Nokia, which supports a wide range of client devices, i.e. STBs, mobile multimedia devices, digital players, communicators, mobile phones, PCs, etc.
“Having has been chosen by the biggest IPTV service providers in Eastern Europe, SmartLabs LLC required a proven and flexible content security solution on PCs to meet our customer’s digital entertainment needs”, said Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC. “Opposite to existing protected PC players in the market created by non SDP specialty vendors that either use a proprietary technology, possess a very limited interface or lack of service customization access for third-parties, our SmartTUBE PC Player delivers service providers a full-functional PC Player with rich-animated user interface, all available IPTV services and now secured with a leading content protection software. We believe that now service providers can extend their services across different end-points to make entertainment experience more flexible for subscribers.”
“SmartLabs is a long time partner who continues to take advantage of new technology initiatives by extending their unified interactive TV delivery platform with exceptional innovations,” said Fred Ellis, COO of SecureMedia. “We are excited to supply the non-stop protection required for these current and new interactive entertainment developments and we especially prize our relationship and joint deployments.”
The award-winning Encryptonite ONE™ System is today’s proven multi-format, multi-platform CA/DRM software solution that provides the highest levels of digital content security while offering operational efficiencies and extended value. Approved by all major film studios and TV broadcasters, the Encryptonite ONE System allows telcos, broadband and cable operators to acquire distribution rights to the most compelling broadcast channels and VOD programming. Its unique system design features an ultra-light, processor-efficient client that can be deployed on virtually any consumer media appliance to allow ubiquitous secure content distribution on current and future set-top boxes, PCs, portable players and mobile phones. Employing a patented, common encryption scheme for both broadcast and VOD content and through its exclusive EverLock™ process, the Encryptonite ONE System is the only solution available today that enables persistent and efficient protection of content at all times in distribution and storage including in DVR and nDVR applications. Newest innovations include exclusive platform extensions that allow for selectable digital forensics to track, identify and deter piracy of valued content (IdentiFind™), support for DVB Simulcrypt enabling DVB-T,-C,-S and -H services (SecureCast™), rapid middleware integration to speed time-to-market (CodeConnect™), and configurable security parameters for diverse quality content (TrustAdjust™).
Both SecureMedia and SmartLabs LLC are members of the Open IPTV Forum, an organization whose mission is to maximize the benefits of IPTV for consumers by streamlining and accelerating deployments of IPTV technologies based on open standards.

SecureMedia will be demonstrating at IBC 2009, Stand 734 Hall 12 IPTV ZONE
SmartLabs LLC will be demonstrating at IBC 2009, Stand 332 Hall 12 IPTV ZONE

About SmartLabs LLC

SmartLabs LLC, headquartered in Moscow, Russia, is a leader in service delivery platforms (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. With its leading SDP and client applications, SmartLabs LLC has been chosen by the biggest IPTV service providers in Eastern Europe and serves more than 200,000 subscribers.

About SecureMedia
SecureMedia is the world's most experienced provider of proven open platform content protection software for the delivery of video-on-demand, IPTV, multimedia, music and other digital content over cable, satellite and broadband IP networks. Recipient of the industry’s two highest awards for best content protection; the IPTV World Series Award and the TelcoTV Visions Award, SecureMedia was the first company to introduce the Hollywood studios and leading broadcasters to the advantages of software-based content security systems. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, SecureMedia enables “Entertainment Everywhere!™” by delivering innovative digital media content security solutions including the popular Encryptonite ONE™ System CA/DRM software suite, the eONE™ Virtual Set Top Box for PC and MAC, the eONE™ PC Media Player and comprehensive software developer kits for IP-supported devices. More information at http://www.securemedia.com/

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SecureMedia is a registered trademark and Encryptonite ONE, CodeConnect, IdentiFind, EverLock, SecureCast, TrustAdjust and Enabling Entertainment Everywhere! are trademarks of Cavalier Telephone and TV. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


Media Contact:

SecureMedia
Jim Welch
jwelch@securemedia.com
+1 508-400-2175

SmartLabs LLC
Mikhail Grachev
pr@smartlabs.tv
+7 (495) 6454456


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Monday, August 10, 2009

PiP on AmiNET110. What does it mean?

Basically, there are two types on STBs available today for IPTV deployments:
  • STBs like AmiNET110, old MPEG-2 and cheap MPEG-4 boxes with a hardware onboard to transcode only one ("main") transport stream.
  • modern STBs based on latest chipsets (say, ST71XX), i.e. AmiNET130, ADB3800, Sagem, Zyxel, etc., you name it... They have hardware to transcode few transport streams. This is good news :-) The bad news is to deliver this service to subscribers, STB vendors should support PiP fubctionality on a system software level. But they didn't yet.
It's very important to mention that, with our recent success, we can turn PiP on ANY IP STB. As we are transcoding the second stream with our UI client software component, we are agnostic to STB vendor :)

Well, the first practical good news is that all existing AmiNET110 customers can benefit with PiP service - definitely, it's cool to put new fresh air to old good STB :-)

And, the overall general good news is "All our customers will have PiP service on all STBs they use or plan to use"!
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SmartLabs turnes PiP on AmiNET110 on!



Press release
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Using innovative SmartTUBE UI client applications, IPTV service providers can deliver popular and comfortable PiP service to AmiNET110 installed base

Moscow,Russia, August 10, 2009 - SmartLabs LLC announced today the availability of the popular Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature for service providers who use the company’s SmartTUBE UI client applications to deliver IPTV services to subscribers with AmiNET110 IP STBs from Amino Communications.

PiP has been a popular feature on digital TV screens for several years but until now has not been widely available for IPTV subscribers. Demand of the feature - which allows viewers to watch another channel at the same time as viewing their selected channel – is increasing, according to SmartLabs LLC. Viewers often use PiP when waiting for a movie or sports event to begin, or to watch two shows or sports events transmitted simultaneously.

Many new generation STBs have built-in capability to decode two separate transport streams, which means that supporting PiP can be simply enabled at the software level. STBs like AmiNET110 only has a single chip so SmartTUBE UI client applications use a specific software component to decode the second stream using general CPU power.

This innovative approach to client applications means that adding PiP feature to such IP STBs is now straightforward, making user interface with PiP navigation fast and easy for IPTV subscribers. With this technological breakthrough, almost all STBs using SmartTUBE UI client application can enable the PiP feature.

"We are always committed to deliver new interactive services to our existing and new customers," said Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC. " PiP is a popular and useful feature for all subscribers, and increases the overall quality of interactive TV experience and differentiates IPTV service providers from competitors."

Amino Communications Chief Technical Officer Dominique Le Foll said: “The AmiNET 110 is one of the world’s most widely deployed IPTV STBs and it’s great to see SmartLabs innovating in this way to improve product functionality and the end user experience. As an independent company we place a great deal of emphasis on developing and working with a broad and deep eco-system – and this kind of development is testimony to the added value this brings to what we collectively deliver to our customers.”

SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on available IPTV industry standards and universal cross-platform graphical engine, QT for Embedded Linux from Nokia, which supports a wide range of client devices, i.e. STBs, mobile multimedia devices, digital players, communicators, mobile phones, PCs, etc. They have a long list of instruments for building user interfaces from prebuilt components with 2D and 3D functionality, and they also have instruments to create new interface elements which immediately become available for all types of client devices where UI application might be installed.

SmartTUBE UI applications support a wide range of existing chipsets for digital TV STBs. It means that, once created, the UI applications might be easily moved to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, satellite, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.

About SmartLabs LLC
SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG (Inline Technologies Group) holding group of companies. For additional information, please contact pr@smartlabs.tv. Visit SmartLabs LLC on stand 332 in IPTV Zone at IBC2009 for more information.

About Amino Communications
Amino specializes in digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution. Amino’s range of software and set-top box systems can be tailored for telecom, broadcast and hospitality firms to offer highly scalable and targeted services. The award-winning AmiNET™ and Mood range is used by leading service operators in over 80 countries. Amino's 'AssetHouse' technology opens the door for content producers, telecoms companies, broadcasters and web TV firms to maximize opportunities through better services, targeted content and greater choice. It takes IPTV to the next level by allowing clients such as BT Vision to think like retailers and package, personalize and refresh extra revenue-generating services to viewers. Amino Communications and AssetHouse are wholly owned subsidiaries of Amino Technologies PLC. Listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is based near Cambridge, UK, with offices in the US, China and Sweden.
PR contacts for Amino: Kate Cartmell, T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100, kcartmell@aminocom.com www.aminocom.com

www.smartlabs.tv
©2009, SmartLabs LLC. All rights reserved. All trademarks owned by their respective owners.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

SmartLabs LLC joined Open IPTV Forum

Press Release
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SmartLabs LLC committed to Open Standards with Membership in the Open IPTV Forum

User interface and IPTV SDP specialist to contribute to end-to-end specifications for interactive IPTV interoperability and technology advancement

Moscow, Russia— 28 July 2009 — SmartLabs LLC, a leader in SDP for interactive digital television, innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs, today announced that is has been accepted as a member in the Open IPTV Forum (www.oipf.tv), the pan-industry initiative that was established to take IPTV to the mass market.

Founded in 2007, the Open IPTV Forum’s goal is to develop and promote an open, end-to-end specification for IPTV based upon existing technologies and open standards that could help to streamline and accelerate deployments of IPTV technologies and help to maximize the benefits of IPTV for consumers, network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and home and network infrastructure providers.

The Forum Chairman, Mr. Yun Chao Hu stated: “The Open IPTV Forum leadership is very happy to extend its membership to Russia and it hopes to be considered instrumental in the facilitation of future major Eastern European IPTV deployments. SmartLabs has expressed its support for the direction that the Forum has taken and this is received as a stimulating message by the current membership”.

“It is an honor for SmartLabs LLC to be accepted as a member in the Open IPTV Forum and to bring our interactive SDP and UI application expertise to this cross industry initiative,” said Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC. “Using our practical experience in creating open IPTV software solutions, we are excited to collaborate with others to accelerate truly interactive, easy-to-use entertainment experiences across IPTV solution components all based on open standards.”

About Open IPTV Forum
The Open IPTV Forum is a cross-industry initiative, within the telecom sector, working toward producing IPTV standards that will take the technology to next-generation and mass market use. The organization consists of telecom companies collaborating to provide an IPTV solution that enables a “plug and play” experience for the end-users. The Open IPTV Forum founding companies include Ericsson, France Telecom, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony Corporation and Telecom Italia. For more information about the Forum, visit the organization’s Web site at
http://www.oipf.tv.

About SmartLabs LLC
SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG (Inline Technologies Group) holding group of companies. For additional information, please contact
pr@smartlabs.tv.
Visit SmartLabs LLC on stand 332 in IPTV Zone at IBC2009 for more information.
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Mirifice partners with SmartLabs

Mirifice Ltd integrate MiriMON service monitoring with SmartTUBE
middleware

April, 24 2009 – Mirifice Ltd and Smartlabs LLC announce a partnership to bring the MiriMON advanced customer QoE monitoring solution to the SmartTUBE service delivery platform (SDP).

John Kinson, Managing Director for MiriMON at Mirifice, says "SmartLabs are a leading-edge SDP provider, offering sophisticated multicast, VOD and timeshifted services. We are delighted to be working with them to provide a market-leading QoE monitoring capability to their customers.”

MiriMON provides critical information for service assurance, customer care and service optimization by monitoring real consumer devices, in real-time. The integration of SmartTUBE and MiriMON is successfully deployed in a major IPTV network.

John added "It has been rewarding to see the benefit to the network operator from the unique real-time information generated by MiriMON and SmartTUBE. We are delighted to work with the SmartLabs team, who share our commitment to excellence and innovation."

Mikhail Grachev, CEO at SmartLabs LLC says "For our service delivery platform customers, MiriMON provides valuable detailed view of the TV service that each and every consumer receives. Combining this information with the SmartTUBE platform provides a true end-to-end view of service delivery for linear and on-demand programming."

SmartLabs’ key platform – SmartTUBE SDP – a converged service delivery platform for interactive television over fixed (IPTV, DVB, hybrid) and wireless (DVB-H, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMax, etc.) networks with TV broadcasting, PPV, PVR/nPVR, VoD/nVoD, IM, and other services.

SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on a popular animation and graphical engine and supports a wide range of client devices (STBs, mobile phones, media centers, etc.) and is integrated into SmartLabs client application framework – a powerful development environment which has all typical TV user interface objects (windows, menus, lists, etc.), animation templates (motions, movements, object behaviors, etc.) as well as typical client-server interoperability mechanisms (i.e., EPG and VoD content data exchange, available services, etc.). Once created, the UI might be easily transferred to different end-point devices. It allows to move UIs to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid
solutions (IPTV, DVB, 3G, Wi-Fi, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.

About SmartLabs LLC
SmartLabs LLC is headquartered in Moscow, Russia – a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs, OSS/BSS systems, and other innovative solutions for service providers and enterprises.

www.smartlabs.tv

For additional information, please contact pr@smartlabs.tv.

About Mirifice
Mirifice Ltd is headquartered in Bath, UK. Formed in 2004, it provides key software development, project management and consultancy staff to the broadcast industry. The company’s product range includes MiriMON, the award-winning system for real-time monitoring of live Digital TV networks, and MiriATE, a powerful technical environment for testing and control of set-top boxes and other devices. Customers include BSkyB, BT, Virgin Media, Top-Up TV, Comstar Direct, Pace, Open TV, Tandberg and Thomson.

Mirifice Ltd.
4 Abbey Street,
Bath
BA1 1NN
Tel: +44 1225 460126
www.mirifice.com
For additional information on Mirifice, please contact info@mirifice.com
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Edgeware and SmartLabs LLC Enter Partnership for Russian Market



Press Release March 26, 2009

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN and MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION – March 26, 2009 – Edgeware AB, the provider of revolutionary server systems for network deployed on-demand TV, and Smartlabs LLC, a leading provider of service delivery platforms for interactive digital TV, today announced a partnership where SmartLabs will offer Edgeware’s products to Russian Service Providers in combination with SmartLabs platforms for interactive digital TV.

With this agreement, Edgeware will be able to efficiently address the fast growing Russian IPTV market and provide its highly scalable and cost efficient on-demand server technology for applications such as time shifted TV and video-on-demand. The joint solution is already in advanced trials with leading service providers in the country.

“Our core strategy is to grow our business by leveraging strong partnerships on the various markets. In SmartLabs we were successful in finding a well established and respected partner and channel, that will help us build what I believe will be a significant footprint in Russia.” says Joachim Roos, CEO and founder of Edgeware AB.

Unique to the industry, Edgeware’s flash memory-based server appliances and intelligent asset distribution system allows popular content to be cached in the network edge, close to the viewers. By bypassing system bottlenecks and saving core bandwidth, this solution enables advanced on-demand services to be deployed and seamlessly scaled within existing networks – without the need for costly network upgrades.

Edgeware’s industry-leading flash memory-based network server appliances bring a number of additional benefits to operators, such as carrier grade reliability, 99 percent energy savings and the highest stream density on the market – 20 Gbps from a single, half rack depth, 1U box.

SmartLabs LLC offers service delivery platforms for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and revolutionary fast and animated user interfaces for STBs to IPTV and digital TV Service Providers.

SmartLabs’ key platform – SmartTUBE SDP – a converged service delivery platform for interactive television over fixed (IPTV, DVB, hybrid) and wireless (DVB-H, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMax, etc.) networks with TV broadcasting, PPV, PVR/nPVR, VoD/nVoD, IM, and other services.

SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on a popular animation and graphical engine and supports a wide range of client devices (STBs, mobile phones, media centers, etc.) and is integrated into SmartLabs client application framework – a powerful development environment which has all typical TV user interface objects (windows, menus, lists, etc.), animation templates (motions, movements, object behaviors, etc.) as well as typical client-server interoperability mechanisms (i.e., EPG and VoD content data exchange, available services, etc.). Once created, the UI might be easily transferred to different end-point devices. It allows to move UIs to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, 3G, Wi-Fi, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.

“We see that Edgeware’s newest content distribution flash memory-based network server appliances supplement our solutions for IPTV Service Providers when they need fast, reliable and cost-effective distributed video streaming platform” says Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC.

About Edgeware

Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.

In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.

The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.

Edgeware is nominated for the 2009 IPTV World Series Awards in two categories:
"Best On-Demand Technology for IPTV" and "Best Internet TV Technology/Solution".
These solutions will be showcased at IPTV World Forum in London, March 25-27, Booth 226.
www.edgeware.tv

For more information, please contact:

North America:
Nicole Hegg, VisiTech PR
+1 (303) 752-3552 x230
EW@visitechpr.com

All other markets:
Stephen Hooley, Emmett & Smith
+44 207 819 4800
Stephen.Hooley@emmettandsmith.com

Maria Leding
+46 703 580 751
maria.leding@edgeware.tv

About SmartLabs LLC

SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG group of companies.

For additional information, please contact pr@smartlabs.tv.
www.smartlabs.tv

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Amino and SmartLabs LLC offer new interactive services to IPTV service providers

Amino and SmartLabs LLC offer new interactive services to IPTV service providers

IPTV subs now can search and view popular Internet-based video content directly on Amino IP STBs

Cambridge and London, UK, March 25, 2009 - Amino Communications and SmartLabs LLC announced today that at IPTV World Forum 2009 they will showcase an integrated solution that will allow IPTV service providers to offer new popular over-the-top (OTT) internet video services for their subscribers.

SmartBRIDGE, a cutting-edge solution allows IPTV subscribers to search and view Internet-based video content, has now been integrated onto all AmiNET™ IP set-top boxes (STBs).

SmartBRIDGE is an x86-based software gateway for Internet-based video content online encoding and streaming to IP STBs. With SmartBRIDGE, IPTV subscribers can search the content through the IP STB user interface. When a subscriber selects any video they want to watch, SmartBRIDGE gateway requests the video file from Internet-based video content provider, converts it and streams to the subscriber's STB. From a user experience point of view, searching and viewing Internet-based video content are similar to a standard Video-on-Demand service.

"With a SmartLabs-Amino joint solution, IPTV service providers have an integrated platform to deliver popular Internet-based content to IPTV STBs," said Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC. "It will allow service providers to develop a STB-centric model which allows subscribers to get more and more services from and through IPTV."

"By integrating with AmiNET STBs, SmartLabs is giving consumers access to a wealth of popular OTT content such as You Tube and catch up TV on their televisions," added Roy Kirsopp SVP Sales, Amino. "This solution keeps Amino at the forefront of current internet video trends and gives our customers a great advantage on selecting Amino."

Visit Amino on stand 24 at IPTV World Forum.

About SmartLabs LLC

SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs.

SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG (Inline Technologies Group) holding group of companies. For additional information, please contact pr@smartlabs.tv

About Amino Communications:

Amino specialises in digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution.

Amino's range of software and set-top box systems can be tailored for telecom, broadcast and hospitality firms to offer highly scalable and targeted services. The award-winning AmiNET™ and Mood range is used by leading service operators in over 80 countries.

Amino's 'AssetHouse' technology opens the door for content producers, telecoms companies, broadcasters and web TV firms to maximise opportunities through better services, targeted content and greater choice. It takes IPTV to the next level by allowing clients such as BT Vision to think like retailers and package, personalise and refresh extra revenue-generating services to viewers.

Amino Communications and AssetHouse are wholly owned subsidiaries of Amino Technologies PLC. Listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is based near Cambridge, UK, with offices in the US, China and Sweden.

www.aminocom.com

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New tsMuxeR version (1.8.24) is released

Dear Friends,
New version of this well-known and popular tool is released. Now it's 1.8.24, and you have few options to select:
Please check out the official tool web page for more information.
Enjoy!
And do not forget to drop your compliments :-), questions, or suggestions to tsmuxer@smartlabs.tv.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A future of Đ½ome automation and entertainment is coming...

Recently, we have assisted to Freaklabs, young Zigbee embedded software developer, to join Zigbee AllianceZigBee is a technology which will be embedded in a wide range of products and applications across consumer, commercial, industrial and government markets worldwide.

In particular, we strongly believe that wireless embedded technologies will change the world of home automation and entertainment - it will allow different devices (like STBs, media centers, different home devices, electrical, fire, CCTV and other networks) to be interconnected in a way to simplify their management and optimize expenses.

From our point of view, we are working to enable Zigbee technologies for home media and entertainment devices...
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

COMSTAR's new IPTV SDP from SmartLabs is now available for MGTS subs

COMSTAR-UTS LAUNCHES IPTV FOR MASS MARKET

February 25, 2008, Moscow: COMSTAR – United TeleSystems (COMSTAR-UTS, LSE: CMST), the leading supplier of integrated telecommunication solutions in Russia and the CIS, announces that Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS), a member of COMSTAR-UTS, has launched interactive digital Internet TV services (IPTV). MGTS provides IPTV services as an agent of COMSTAR.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Official press release: SmartTUBE UI deployed in COMSTAR IPTV service

SmartLabs LLC took part in new TV user interface deployment for COMSTAR IPTV service
Fast and rich-animated SmartTUBE UI client applications simplify user access to IPTV interactive services and make them more attractive for subscribers

Moscow, February 18th, 2009 – SmartLabs LLC announced today that it took part in new TV user interface deployment for COMSTAR IPTV service (STREAM trademark). During this project, SmartTUBE service delivery platform has been deployed, and, from now on, «Internet+TV» service subscribers in Moscow can manage the digital television service more quickly and effectively as well as get an access to interactive services.
This new platform is immediately available for all existing and new subscribers. Existing subscribers will migrate to the new platform step-by-step during next two months; new subscribers of COMSTAR IPTV service will use the new interface. SmartTUBE UI client applications with new user interface will be deployed to existing installed base of set-top-boxes – AmiNET110 and AmiNET130, with all current interactive services up and running.
SmartTUBE – newest converged service delivery platform for interactive television services in wired (DVB, IPTV, hybrid) and wireless networks(DVB-H, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMax) with broadcast TV, PPV, PVR, nPVR, VoD, nVoD, TSTV, and many other services.

New SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on available IPTV industry standards and universal cross-platform graphical engine (Qt for Embedded Linux by Nokia) which supports a wide range of client devices, i.e. STBs, mobile multimedia devices, digital players, communicators, mobile phones, etc. They have a long list of instruments for building user interfaces from prebuilt components with 2D and 3D functionality, and they also have instruments to create new interface elements which immediately become available for all types of client devices where UI application might be installed.
SmartTUBE UI applications support now a wide range of existing chipsets for digital TV set-top-boxes. It means that, once created, the UI applications might be easily moved to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, satellite, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.

About SmartLabs LLC
SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG group of companies.
For additional information, please contact pr@smartlabs.tv.

About COMSTAR-UTS JSC
«Comstar – United Telesystems» is a premier fixed telecom operator in Moscow. Using the backbone and the last mile access network to 97% of Moscow households, COMSTAR-UTS provides voice, data transfer, broadband Internet access, paid television and other additional services to service providers, corporate and retail customers. In addition, the company offers telecommunication services in five federal regions of Russia as well as in Ukraine and Armenia. At the end of 2008 third quarter, COMSTAR-UTS’ active residential lines in Moscow are 3,6 millions and 793 thousands of broadband Internet residential subscribers as well as 61 thousands of broadband Internet residential subscribers in regions of Russia and CIS. Group of companies consolidated revenue for nine months of 2008 was US$ 1,255.8 million, OIBDA – 41,8%. Comstar-UTS’ shares have been listed on LSE (CMST).
Additional information is available in Internet at http://www.comstar-uts.ru/.

Some of the information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of Comstar UTS. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “will,” “could,” “may” or “might”, the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. Comstar UTS wishes to caution that these statements are only predictions, and that actual events or results may differ materially. Comstar UTS does not intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Many factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in projections or forward-looking statements of Comstar UTS, including, among others, general economic conditions, the competitive environment, risks associated with operating in Russia, rapid technological and market change in the industries Comstar UTS operates in, as well as many other risks specifically related to Comstar UTS and its operations.



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Friday, February 13, 2009

Comstar migrated its IPTV service to SmartLabs

February 11, 2009, Moscow: COMSTAR – United TeleSystems (JSC COMSTAR-UTS, LSE: CMST), the leading supplier of integrated telecommunication solutions in Russia and the CIS has announced launch of the new IPTV service user interface in Moscow. From now on, Moscow users of Internet+TV (STREAM trademark) have an opportunity to manage their digital TV more quickly and efficiently; they also get access to interactive services.
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Philosophy of the new interface has been developed by NDS (Great Britain), a global leader in interactive television, and it has been implemented by SmartLabs, one of the leading interactive IP-TV solution developers in Russia. More...

Below is a real capture from Amino 130 HD/MPEG-4 STB running the service:


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SmartLabs' booth at CSTB2009 show (Moscow, Russia)

SmartLabs' busy booth at CSTB show in Moscow, Russia at Feb 3rd, 2009. Read more...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Please welcome to our booth at CSTB'2009 show

11th International Exhibition and Conference CSTB’2009 – the key media event in Eastern Europe and CIS countries will take place on 2-5 of February,2009 at Crocus Expo, Moscow. It represents pay TV industry - one of the most rapidly growing nowadays.

SmartLabs will showcase innovative solutions for multimedia content delivery systems over telco networks and Internet.

At booth #158 (Hall 1) SmartLabs showcases products and solutions for multimedia service delivery in telco networks and the Internet:

  • SmartTUBE SDP - converged service delivery platform for interactive television services (IPTV, DVB, hybrid);
  • SmartTUBE UI - innovative user interface and fast amd rich-animated client applications for digital TV set-top-boxes;
  • SmartMEDIA and SmartCONTENT - solutions for content preparation, management, and distribution;
  • High-quality live-TV over the Internet solutions;
  • SmartBRIDGE - a x86-based software gateway for Youtube content online encoding and streaming to IP STBs;
  • and some other interesting products.

If you have a chance to attend CSTB show, please come and see us (if you need an entry ticket, please ask - we have few).

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Monday, December 1, 2008

tsMuxeR current releases

  • SmartLabs tsMuxeR for Windows - 1.8.4(b)
  • SmartLabs tsMuxeR for Linux (console only) - 1.7.3(b)
We plan to release a new tsMuxeR version in Q1 2009. Please post your feature requests here or send to tsmuxer@smartlabs.tv.
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Monday, September 1, 2008

SmartBRIDGE: YouTube-to-IP STB gateway is now available

SmartLabs launched SmartBRIDGE, YouTube-to-IP STB gateway. With this product IPTV service providers can add new popular interactive service for their subscribers - searching and viewing YouTube video content on TV screen.

Details are available here. Read more...