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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 нome 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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