February 22, 2010 08:00 ET

Avail-TVN Announces First Multi-System Cable Customer for MPEG-4 Video Services

Agreement With Zito Media Will Provide All-MPEG-4 Line-Up to 10 Cable Systems Across the United States

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2010) -  Avail-TVN, the largest digital media services company in North America, today announced that Zito Media will become the first multi-system cable company in the United States to deploy its MPEG-4 linear video service across its footprint. Through an agreement with Evolution Digital, the systems integrator, and provider of Conax conditional access and low cost set-top boxes for the project, Zito Media will deploy Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 solution across 10 cable systems. The company services 23,000 subscribers across Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Avail-TVN's managed services allow us to move into next-generation video delivery seamlessly, while giving our customers a better television experience," said James Rigas, president, Zito Media. "With Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 solution, not only can we make better use of our existing bandwidth, allowing for growth of services such as HD, but also provide a platform upon which we can build to offer additional Avail-TVN products and services for our customers, while avoiding investment in physical plant upgrades."

"Innovative service providers like Zito Media are turning to MPEG-4 because the bandwidth savings allow them to offer new and innovative services quickly and efficiently," said Jim Riley, chief revenue officer, Avail-TVN. "Through our relationship with Evolution Broadband, Avail-TVN is able to bring the future of linear television to forward-thinking MSOs, deliver a superior customer experience and gain a competitive edge."

The Avail-TVN MPEG-4 solution includes a full 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-TVN possesses an extensive content library, including transport rights from the top national programmers, including ABC-Disney, NBC Universal, MTV Networks, and Fox Cable Networks.

"Zito Media will be able to give subscribers access to the content they want, delivered in a highly efficient and reliable format," said Chris Egan, CEO, Evolution Broadband. "Avail-TVN is a proven partner for us providing cable operators with an advanced MPEG-4 solution that ensures the highest quality image and reduces bandwidth requirements."

About Zito Media
Zito Media provides video, voice, and data services to residential and commercial customers in rural markets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Zito Media's focus has been on providing innovative services in small and underserved markets.

About Evolution Broadband
Evolution is a leading manufacturer and supplier of innovative drop and All-Digital solutions for the North American cable market, focused on providing unique solutions for the future of the industry. Evolution's portfolio includes a full line of high-end drop products, the pioneering Entry Series and all-digital turnkey solutions, including a low-cost DTA and TiVo HD DVRs.

About Avail-TVN
Avail-TVN is the largest digital media services company in North America. Working with every major studio and television network, the company offers a full content line up of MPEG-4 encoded live programming as well as video on demand content in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to multichannel video providers throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Avail-TVN platform is an open, advanced technology, offering the most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for licensing, managing, distributing and marketing linear and on-demand content to virtually any platform today and is extensible to support the new services of tomorrow. For more information, please visit