SOURCE: Avail Media, Inc.

April 21, 2008 14:06 ET

GTA TeleGuam, CSI Digital, and Avail Media Team to Deliver 100% Digital TV to Guam Viewers

First-Ever High Definition Television on the Island of Guam

TAMUNING, GUAM--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - Today, executives at GTA TeleGuam are gathering around a crisp video picture gleaming off of a new, high definition television set. After months of planning and hard work, the team's wait for the first-ever HD signal on the island of Guam -- delivered in all-digital, IP format -- is now over. HD has made it to Guam.

GTA reached out to CSI Digital in 2007 as a way to deliver all-digital IPTV services to its subscribers. All-digital IPTV would allow GTA to deliver superior quality television services and be fully competitive with the incumbent cable company. CSI Digital has extensive experience in IPTV delivery, having already initiated IPTV services in seven locations nationwide. CSI Digital's partner in the deployment is Avail Media. Avail Media is an innovator in IPTV linear and VOD content aggregation and has worked extensively with CSI Digital to ensure high-quality television service delivery to operators over multiple broadband network types and configurations.

Dan Moffat, CEO for GTA, explained, "Our first priority was to deliver a high-quality television service to our island subscribers at an attractive price point. We looked for a service provider that could bring us a robust, all-digital channel lineup that included HDTV and VOD, and make it work with our network and geography. We chose the team of CSI Digital and Avail Media because these companies understood our unique challenges, have a proven track record of commercial deployments, and could keep up with the IPTV industry, which is evolving rapidly."

"GTA's commitment to its subscribers is remarkable. GTA has had several end-users tell them they wanted a high-quality television service that offered more than the local cable company. That meant a robust channel lineup, HD, VOD, and other advanced services. Since that's what we have done extensively with Avail Media, we knew we could make this work for GTA," said Lu Bolden, Executive Vice President of CSI Digital.

GTA expects commercial roll-out of its digital IPTV service by June 2008.

About GTA TeleGuam LLC

GTA TELEGUAM is an innovative, full-service communications company dedicated to enhancing the lifestyles, productivity, and future of Guam's residents, businesses, and government agencies. GTA has been serving Guam for more than 40 years and has invested $30 million over the last two years on network infrastructure and back-office systems, with an additional $70 million planned over the next three years. This investment demonstrates GTA's commitment to building and maintaining a world-class communications infrastructure for Guam. For more information, please visit www.gta.net.

About CSI Digital

CSI Digital wholesales aggregated content and programming that enables providers to deliver IPTV, voice, and data services to their retail customers. A "new-to-market" company or existing provider can acquire CSI's turnkey, pre-formatted, digital content packages without the prohibitive equipment and support costs typical of a traditional deployment. CSI Digital's customers include Independent Telephone companies, cable companies, ISPs, and others interested in delivering digital content services to the marketplace. For more information, please visit www.csidigital.net.

About Avail Media

Founded in early 2007, 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 aggregator customers a combined MPEG-4 linear IPTV and Video On Demand (VOD) solution. The Avail Media 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. For more information, please visit www.availmedia.com.

Contact Information

  • GTA TeleGuam PR Contact:
    Cora Yanger Bejado
    Marketing & Communications Director
    Office: +1 (671) 644-0106
    Email Contact

    CSI Digital PR Contact:
    Jim Haynes
    Media Contact
    Office +1 (503) 715-2525
    Email Contact

    Avail Media PR Contact:
    Eric Loehrmann
    Marketing Manager
    Email Contact
    Office: +1 (425) 709-3825