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IP&TV World Forum, London, 22 March 2011 /Targetwire/ - Comtrend Corporation today announced that uptake of its IPTV set top box products has continued to be high following last year’s deals with Mediabox and Telefonica Group. Globally, broadband operators are looking to add Over-The-Top (OTT) services to their product set to increase revenues and customer loyalty, Comtrend is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this increasingly mature market.
Harold Fitch, General Manager Comtrend Europe & South-America, said, "The IPTV market continues to develop, as do our customers’ requirements. It is now becoming an imperative for providers to include the option of OTT services direct to consumers TV screens".
Whilst standardisation of the services available continues, there is already a large amount of OTT content that can be delivered direct to TV screens. Comtrend UK can demonstrate solutions delivering BBC iPlayer, Love Film, Blinkbox, YouTube and more.
According to Fitch, "Operators rarely have the luxury of waiting for the agreement of standards and need suppliers who have the flexibility and expertise to anticipate changes in the market, as well as building to the standards that often follow. Comtrend is committed to adopting a standards based approach, where it exists, and working collaboratively with key technology partners. We have already demonstrated this commitment in our work with Telefonica".
Using Comtrend’s STB-7007 product set, Telefónica Group launched movie rental services to customers with broadband access across several countries in the final quarter of 2010. In Spain, Movistar has launched Videoclub de Movistar, a service offering the best movies, series, documentaries and concerts, in standard-definition to all customers and in high-definition to customers with 10 Mbps broadband. In Argentina, Telefónica has launched the On Video service, the first online video service in the country and one of the first online movie rental services in Latin America.
The STB-7007 will be on demonstration at the IP&TV World Forum 2011 hosted at London Olympia from 22nd to 24th March. Comtrend will be on stand number 237.
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Notes to editors:
Comtrend´s STB-7007 product family supports IPTV; video-on-demand (VoD); near VoD; Internet; and Over-The-Top (OTT) video applications for both high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) formats. It supports most popular HD/SD decoding schemes, including simultaneous HD/SD decoding in the PIP (picture-in-picture) function. With advanced and legacy interfaces supported, it can be used as a multimedia hub for a modern digital home networking environment, with Wi-Fi, USB, and DLNA support.
Comtrend´s STB-7007 product family includes a Basic Model of Mediabox, a model that incorporates ISDB/DVB services, and a high end model with both PVR and ISDB/DVB support.
By being able to rapidly customize solutions Comtrend has experienced strong growth in Set Top Box revenues which now make up 1/3 of the company’s revenues.
About Comtrend Corporation
COMTREND CORPORATION is the UK market leader of High-Speed Powerline technology and a key supplier of advanced home networking solutions. COMTREND is an ISO-9001/14001 certified company that designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of networking equipment integrating ADSL, ADSL2+, Bonded ADSL2+, VDSL2, VOIP, IP STB Multimedia, Residential Wi-Fi, Auto Configuration Systems, and High-Speed Powerline technology. With more than 20 million terminals deployed, COMTREND remains committed to a vision of bringing people together through technology and continues to realize this vision through a focus on innovation and quality service. The company is based in Taiwan and has a global distribution network through its offices in North and South America, Europe and China. For more information please see http://www.comtrend.com.
phone: 0845 370 7024