Falcon IP/Complete and Verimatrix to Deliver IPTV Service to GulfPines Communications

Monday, April 20th, 2009
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Mississippi-Based Telco Selects Total End-to-End IPTV Solution

LAS VEGAS — NAB 2009 — Falcon IP/Complete and Verimatrix announced today that GulfPines Communications, LLC has selected their IPTV solution to deliver a powerful, advanced video solution. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for IPTV has been fully integrated with the Falcon IP/Complete™ IPTV delivery system, which encompasses content aggregation and delivery from satellite, router, and DSLAM on past the middleware where other systems end. Capitalizing on the comprehensive IP/Complete platform, GulfPines is able to roll out secure triple-play services with an impressive channel lineup and advanced functionality, such as video recording capabilities and parental controls. Verimatrix and Falcon will be demonstrating the Falcon IP/Complete solution at NAB 2009 at booth #C1754.

According to GulfPines president, Charles F. Fail, “We selected the integrated Falcon IP/Complete and Verimatrix solution because it is the only one that meets all our needs. The solution is a standards-based IPTV solution featuring all elements from a single provider, from satellite to the set-top box. Because it is completely integrated, the solution offers flexible delivery for optimal efficiency. With the Falcon solution, we will make one call – 24/7 – for any service or technical issue. This will allow us to provide the excellent service our customers expect. It will also enable us to promptly offer new services in the future.”

The MPEG-4 IPTV platform from Falcon IP/Complete is one of the leading IPTV wholesale solutions for rural telecoms that combines best-of-breed content security technology from Verimatrix and middleware from Thomson. Falcon also provides installation, signal management, and testing services, with final delivery to the set-top box within the subscriber’s home with 24/7 ongoing support.

“IPTV is important to every telco in North America as this technology provides the opportunity to offer competitive video services to subscribers. Falcon is committed to its customers with tested, proven IPTV technology solutions customized to meet their needs and professional services. The IPTV industry’s continued growth is reinforced by our successfully video solution deployments across the nation,” said Donald R. Cook, Falcon IP/Complete president.

“Falcon has figured out how to cost-effectively provide the technology platform and engineering services to make IPTV a reality for tier 2 and 3 telecommunications providers,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix. “Falcon has leveraged the IPTV wholesale/retail features in VCAS for IPTV tailored to serve this market. We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Falcon.”

Software-based VCAS for IPTV obviates the need for smart cards through the leverage of mature, proven two-way Internet security protocols, a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) public/private key pair system and X.509 digital certificates. A downloadable security system for IP clients is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box hardware and can be quickly updated as required to combat potential pirate attacks.