SOURCE: Broadstream Communications

August 22, 2005 07:45 ET

Emergica Broadband Selects Broadstream for IPTV Deployments

Industry's First Outsourced IPTV Video Solution Makes IPTV a Reality

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2005 -- Broadstream Communications, Inc. ("Broadstream"), the industry leader in outsourced IPTV video head-end and content distribution and management services, today announced that Emergica Broadband Media Corp. ("Emergica") has selected Broadstream to provide outsourced head-end, transport and middleware services to support the launch of IPTV services to their ADSL and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) communities in northern Colorado.

Under the terms of the comprehensive, multi-year agreement, Broadstream will deliver over 200 channels of content through its satellite-based IPTVConnect™ service, the industry's first and most comprehensive IPTV content distribution platform. Subscribers will access Emergica's compelling content line-up using Broadstream's Bstream™ content management platform, which will allow Emergica to deliver next-generation interactive IPTV services, High-Definition TV (HDTV), Video on Demand (VOD), Internet on TV, and Digital Video Recording (DVR).

"The turn-key solution offered through Broadstream provides a cost-effective and operationally efficient model to deploy advanced IP video services to our communities," said Derek Stern, CEO of Emergica Broadband. "Broadstream mitigates the risk in deploying next-generation video services while also significantly accelerating our time to market."

The Broadstream solution reduces the overall cost for service providers looking to offer the "triple play" of voice, data and video products, making IPTV not only possible but cost effective, even in the smallest of communities. Broadstream's unique outsourced solution allows Emergica to offer a compelling IPTV service offering without the huge upfront capital and burdensome operational expense associated with a self-built and maintained IPTV head-end system.

"Broadband service providers like Emergica provide an efficient model for smaller markets to deploy advanced services to subscribers, which is critical in today's competitive environment," said Jay Stark, EVP of Sales and Marketing for Broadstream. "Broadstream is committed to providing operators of all sizes with the most cost effective solution to quickly launch IPTV services, and our agreement with Emergica provides the best solution for these small to mid-sized markets."

Key Broadstream features and benefits include:

--  Full IPTV capability employing the latest advanced video codecs
--  Over 200 "all digital" video and audio programming channels
--  Local encoding platform for local affiliate stations and regional
    sports networks
--  Bstream™ 3.1 IPTV Content Management Platform
--  Fault tolerant network, monitored 24/7
--  Compatibility with existing access networks
--  Multiple set-top box integration
    
About Emergica Broadband Media

Emergica Broadband Media Corporation, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, utilizes Fiber to the Home or Node "FTTX," combined with ADSL2+ solutions as the foundation for providing its customers with an all-fiber Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and high-speed data services call "Emergica Lightcast" Network. "Emergica Lightvision" is the company's IPTV service, delivering Video on Demand (VOD/SVOD), High-Definition TV (HDTV) Digital Video Recording (DVR), Internet on TV services, and other new premium interactive services. Innovative offerings include over 200 channels of digital TV, digital telephone service with "Emergica Lightfast," the latest enhanced high-speed Internet access with or without a computer. Emergica serves both residential and business customers with one of the most technologically advanced Gigabit Ethernet "GigE" offerings via its Resilient Packet Ring "RPR" switched broadband network.

About Broadstream Communications, Inc.

Broadstream Communications, Inc. is the leading provider of managed IPTV network services (IPTV Connect™), content management platforms (Bstream™) and affiliate rights and marketing support services (Media Services™), that truly enable the unconstrained delivery of national television content to telecom service providers across the United States. Broadstream operates the industry's first all digital (IP) virtual head-end network and service offering that enables service providers to create an efficient, cost-effective video service offering that breaks economic and performance barriers imposed by self-built head-end systems. With ubiquitous coverage of the entire continental United States from our satellites, Broadstream offers the most extensive IP Video network in the world, and is able to offer the most flexible and complete video solution in the industry. Broadstream is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Additional information can be found at www.broadstream.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jay Stark
    Broadstream Communications, Inc.
    Phone: 425-709-3800
    Email: Email Contact