Video Is on Display at USTA’s Confab


The United States Telephone Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week was more than just about switches and DSL gateways.

Vendors hawking video equipment — whether for digital subscriber line or fiber-based systems — were showing their wares and announcing deals with smaller telephone companies.

Video-server provider Kasenna Inc. highlighted its TotalTV system, which was purchased by Kamas, Utah, telco All West Communications, while Tut Systems Inc. announced that Pioneer Telephone is using its digital platform to offer video service to some 140,000 phone customers in 30 Oklahoma counties.

Kasenna’s TotalTV systems is Internet-protocol based and incorporates preintegrated video-distribution and storage infrastructure, applications and content, the company said. It allows telcos to deploy video quickly, including linear television, video on demand, gaming and commerce plays.

The TotalTV software package includes its MediaBase XMP video-server software, its vFusion video network-management system and its vForge video-services development kit.

Tut provides digital-video equipment for DSL video deployments, including MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Experts Group) encoders that can be upgraded to MPEG-4; demultiplexing, remultiplexing and transcoding equipment for digital streams; and network interface support.

Tut said Pioneer is offering 166 video channels, including basic, premium and pay-per-view movie channels, along with a batch of music services. Pioneer offers its subscribers wireline voice and wireless services, along with cellular service.

Also at USTA, NDS Group plc said it is providing Intelsat with its Synamedia system so satellite operators can test IPTV technology. Synamedia is based on NDS’s VideoGuard security protocol, which encrypts digital content. NDS said Alcatel is supplying Open Media Suite IPTV software on Amino Communications set-tops.

Alcatel showed off “video over everything,” including copper, fiber, microwave and a dense wave-division multiplexing platform.

Scientific-Atlanta Inc. put forward its RF video and IP-based equipment for fiber-to-the-home architectures, including the Prisma II Video system, and said its MPEG-4 encoder would be available in first-quarter 2004.