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Off-the-shelf IPTV From Industria

by David Mercer | 3月 14, 2008

At the IPTV World Forum I spent some time with Gudjon Mar Gudjonsson, the founder and CEO of Industria. Gudjon is an Icelandic entrepreneur and Industria is his umpteenth company since he first founded Oz Communications in 1991. Industria now has around 80 employees and offers IPTV solutions to service providers, mostly smaller companies or those in emerging markets. Industria was demonstrating the latest release of its IPTV middleware, Zignal 2.0, based on open standards and able to run on low-powered set-top boxes. While the bugs are still being ironed out prior to commercial release, the EPG appeared to be very fast, with rapid selection of channels and menu items. Stefan Baxter, the company's CTO, explained that the key to the middleware's performance was that it was not based on HTML, instead using Scalable Vector Graphics. The company has also recently announced Zignal Cloud, which is a subscription-based IPTV server infrastructure, effectively offering an off-the-shelf solution to service providers wishing to set up an IPTV platform quickly and easily. You can read details in Gudjon's blog. Industria has grown rapidly in its few years of existence and is one of a number of IPTV providers seeking to move the industry away from its focus on massive, complex and expensive network platforms. As the IPTV market expands and service providers increase their focus on cost management there is likely to be increasing potential for such approaches to disrupt the traditional vendor marketplace, although the major operators will always be concerned whether innovative solutions such as Industria's can scale to the millions of users they wish to reach. Client Reading: US IPTV Forecast and Outlook: $13.7 Billion by 2012 Add to Technorati Favorites
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