SES Americom Teams With TVN on VOD

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ATLANTA -- SES Americom's forthcoming video-on-demand service for Internet Protocol TV providers will be offered in partnership with TVN Entertainment, Bill Squadron, president of the satellite company's IP-Prime business, said on a panel discussion here at TelcoTV.

The VOD service, scheduled to launch in the first half of 2008, will use Harmonic’s StreamLiner 2000 video servers, storage encoding solution and ingest-gateway workflow software.

IP-Prime product management director Walt Davis noted in an interview Wednesday that SES Americom will provide VOD content to IPTV providers on a nonexclusive basis. Telco customers will be able to specify which VOD content they will carry, just as they can select linear channels from among IP-Prime's collection of 285 standard- and high-definition networks.

To offer the service through IP-Prime, Burbank, Calif.-based TVN will have to transcode its on-demand content into MPEG-4 video format. Currently its VOD assets are delivered in MPEG-2.

TVN, founded in 1988, distributes a library of 8,000 hours of video from more than 150 content owners to customers including Comcast, Cox Communications and Cablevision Systems.

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