Amino Debuts OTT-Enhanced IPTV Set-Top Boxes at TelcoTV 2011

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Amino logo

Amino Communications (LSE: AMO), leaders in IPTV/OTT solutions, will give a US debut to its OTT-enabled IPTV set-top box range at TelcoTV 2011 (booth #133) – plus a new user-interface for its Freedom Jump OTT Companion Media Centre.

The company’s Aminet A140 and A540 DVR devices have proved to be strong performers in the North American market with over 100 deployments and a further 150 trials this year alone. Now with new enhancements to the range – incorporating both HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) and HTML5 capabilities to deliver a new layer of OTT content – Amino expects strong interest at the show, according to CEO Andrew Burke.

“We now have OTT capability and functionality across our full range of products – from our IPTV devices through to our Freedom media centres. The ability to deliver OTT content has rapidly moved up the list of “must haves” for our customers in the last 12 months with cord-cutting continuing to trouble operators and service providers,” he said.

“We’re working with a number of customers – particularly those who want to maximise their fiber-to-the-home investments – to ensure they can deliver the very latest and best entertainment experiences. Delivering a reliable, next generation set-top box, backed up by great technical and customer support, is helping them meet their goals.”

The new OTT functionality is enabled by HLS (HTTP live streaming) and HTML5. HLS is designed to deliver content over open and unmanaged networks by selecting optimum network speeds to guarantee a continuous quality user experience. It can also enhance content choice by delivering video-on-demand and live TV from aggregated and cloud-based services without additional investment in network infrastructure.

HTML5 provides a standardized framework for video and audio playback inside the browser, and will further enrich the viewing experience by allowing operators to create a rich walled garden of OTT content for their customers.

The range of OTT-enabled Aminet set-top boxes – which includes the A129, A140 and A540 PVR and the H140 hospitality devices – also includes HTTP upgrade capability which allows them to be remotely upgraded automatically with the latest firmware further minimizing operator support costs.

Amino will also showcase its new OTT user interface at TelcoTV 2011 – offering pay-TV operators the opportunity to deliver open Internet-delivered content to their existing branded entertainment experience. As well as social media, catch-up TV, gaming, apps and video-on-demand, Amino will also demonstrate new “sharing”multi-screen web viewing functionality available via Vidiactive’s Videobee service.

Visitors to the Amino booth – #133 – can see the new interface running on Amino’s Freedom Jump OTT Companion Media Centre which has been designed to work alongside existing cable and satellite set-top boxes, offering access to the wealth of additional content available on the open Internet.