IntAct Licenses IPTV Solution to WNC.
CAMBRIDGE, England & HSINCHU, Taiwan -- IntAct Software Ltd ("IntAct"), an Amino Technologies plc company ("Amino")(LSE:AMO) announces today that it has signed a licensing agreement with Wistron NeWeb Corp. ("WNC"), the subsidiary of Wistron group, which will allow WNC to bundle the IntAct IPTV solution across a range of Set-Top Boxes (STBs) from the mentioned company. These STB products will range from standard definition MPEG-2/4/H.264 to high definition DVB Hybrid and PVRs.
For an undisclosed sum, WNC has the right to supply the latest advanced IPTV software technology to customers across the Asia-Pacific region and tier-1 telcos in European Union and North America markets. According to Mike Arden, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, Asia Pacific alone is poised to be the biggest market with an explosion of IPTV services over the next few years and he also foresees that subscribers will rise from 2 million in 2005 to over 22 million by 2011.
Haydn Hsieh, CEO & President of WNC, commented, "Given the market forecasts and potential for IPTV, we want to enter the IPTV market quickly and in a big way. We need to find a software partner to give us the time-to-market advantage we need and IntAct is our best option" He continued, "By licensing the IntAct IPTV solution, we can provide our customers with a proven solution that is already pre-integrated with most of the popular Middleware, Conditional Access and VOD servers on the market, reducing vastly the production time to revenues - a critical consideration in a highly competitive market".
"The significance of this relationship is that operators can now buy STBs, fully integrated with software, directly from the factory", explained Bob Giddy, Amino's CEO. "In the past OEMs bought 'naked STB hardware' from the factory, added their software onto it, then sold it to the operator, which added time as well as middlemen and extra cost. The key difference is that WNC can now ship STBs loaded with fully pre-integrated IntAct solution directly from the end of the assembly line to the operator".
ABOUT INTACT SOFTWARE LIMITED
IntAct Software Limited develops and licenses software and hardware technology for broadband connected devices and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Amino Technologies plc group of companies. Products include the IntAct(TM) IPTV software stack, and advanced multi-standard video and audio decoder software.
Use of the IntAct IPTV software stack provides IPTV service operators with a standard unified platform for IPTV applications and middleware enabling operators to reduce capex costs by sourcing hardware from multiple IntAct compliant set-top box vendors, and reducing opex costs by relying on one company for the software stack to run on multiple hardware platforms.
IntAct software products are licensed to IPTV service providers and manufacturers of IPTV set top boxes, and power the AmiNET range of set-top box products from Amino Communications Limited.
The IntAct IPTV software stack supports the widest range of IPTV industry middleware and CA systems and has been ported to leading set-top box architectures. It is used in over 50 countries worldwide by more than 600 companies in commercial deployments and trials. IntAct technology has also been sampled by another additional 800 customers.
To learn more about IntAct Software, visit: www.intactos.com
About Wistron NeWeb Corporation
Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced wireless communication and networking products. With strong R&D capabilities, WNC has consistently introduced innovative products and solutions in the areas of Direct Broadcasting Satellite (Dish antenna/LNBF/Satellite radio/ HD radio receiver/ Set-top box), Wireless Networking (WiFi phone/IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/AP/Router/VDSL), Personal Communication (GSM/GPRS/PHS/ CDMA/Dual mode handsets) and Antenna Subsystems (Notebook, PC, DVB-T; DVB-H). WNC's mission is to offer its customers and partners superior wireless communication products thru premium OEM/ODM design and manufacturing services. In addition, WNC also provides world class logistics service and after-sales service worldwide. For more details, please visit: http://www.wneweb.com