SOURCE: Avail Media

December 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Avail Media Reports IPTV Market Growth

Avail Media Posts Record Growth Providing High-Impact Solutions to Telcos, Cable Companies, and FTTH Providers

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - Avail Media, the only independent customer service-focused aggregator and provider of both linear and video-on-demand (VOD) MPEG-4 IPTV content, today announced unprecedented growth for 2008. Key milestones achieved this year include:

--  73 commercially launched video deployments utilizing Avail Media's
    managed video service platform;
--  Linear content affiliate base grew by more than 100 percent year on
    year;
--  VOD business grew by more than 300 percent to more than 1 million
    subscribers; and
--  International deployments in Guam and the Caribbean.
    

Avail Media continues to invest in resources and new offerings that will drive IPTV adoption for affiliates in 2009. While other providers of video services are moving away from IPTV, Avail Media's success in the market has provided a platform for further investment and expansion.

"It's been an exciting year of platform stability and growth for the IPTV industry," said Ramu Potarazu, CEO of Avail Media. "With our impressive growth rate, we're able to continue to expand our platform investments and broaden our service and content offerings, even during these tough economic times. We remain committed to being a leader in the delivery of digital video services with our customers and partners."

During 2008, Avail Media also expanded its relationships with key ecosystem partners through successful deployments. The company has achieved momentum in three key areas:

--  Middleware: expanded relationships with vendors such as Minerva and
    Latens;
--  Conditional Access: deployments with Verimatrix, Windevine, and
    Latens;
--  Set-Top Boxes: relationships with Motorola, ADB, Scientific Atlanta,
    and Entone.
    

Avail Media continues to explore new partnerships and best-of-breed technology opportunities in support of its customers' deployment of end-to-end digital media services.

Avail Media works with telecommunications service providers, cable companies, and FTTH providers worldwide to provide digital, MPEG-4 IP-based video content. Avail Media delivers an extensive content library, with transport rights from the top national programmers, including ABC-Disney, Turner, NBC Universal, MTV Networks, and Fox Cable Networks. Its linear programming is complemented by its VOD rights from the major Hollywood movie studios, such as Buena Vista/Disney, DreamWorks, Lionsgate Films, MGM, NBC Universal, New Line Cinema, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. Avail Media also offers a proprietary software suite, ViewTrak™, which provides both carriers and content providers the ability to track programming activations in real-time. Avail Media's customer portal, Avail Advisor, provides the company's global affiliates with all of the tools necessary to successfully plan, deploy, and market profitable video services.

Avail Media continues to work with its ecosystem partners to develop customized solutions, ensuring minimal infrastructure changes and reasonable fees to support its own affiliates as well as those working with other vendors.

About Avail Media

Based in Reston, Virginia, Avail Media is the emerging leader in providing managed content aggregation services through a fully-integrated, head-end infrastructure for the profitable deployment of IP video. Avail Media is the only company today to deliver to its affiliates a combined MPEG-4 linear IPTV, HD Overlay (MPEG-2/4) programming solution, and Video On Demand (VOD) solution. The Avail Media solution includes a full content lineup of live television programming with hundreds of channels, all quality-encoded in MPEG-4, IP-encapsulated, encrypted, combined with VOD, and designed for future value-added services. Avail Media's system has been designed for use by video providers of multiple types -- whether triple-play, quad-play, or pure video play. For more information, please visit www.availmedia.com.