Uralsvyazinform Deploys New IPTV Platform

SmartLabs has launched a new IPTV platform for the subscribers of the Urals largest telecom operator, Uralsvyazinform

March 18, 2011

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MOSCOW -- Today, SmartLabs has announced the launch of a new IPTV platform for the subscribers of the Urals largest telecom operator, "Uralsvyazinform".

In November 2010, Uralsvyazinform introduced an end-to-end IPTV solution from SmartLabs, consisting of a converged digital TV service delivery platform SmartTUBE SDP, high-performance client applications SmartTUBE UI, content management and distribution platform SmartMEDIA, SmartLabs SML-292 Premium set-top- boxes, content protection system, quality monitoring and control system SmartSPY and packet loss correction solution SmartTUBE PLC.

The new service "Home cinema. Utel.TV is in high demand, which is in now way a surprise. The operator has offered High Definition video (HD) and launched the commercial 3D TV. This is an altogether new phase in the technological growth of the region. The customers have got access to tons of licensed videos (97 digital TV channels, 5 HD channels, one 3D channel; 625 SD movies, 322 HD movies and 12 3D movies). The content is updating constantly.

However, the highlight of Utel's IPTV service is its interactive features, including such earlier deployed services as Video-on-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted playback, PauseLive, and Network Personal Video recorder, nPVR. Also, the subscribers are empowered by such interactive services as electronic program guide, maintaining of a personal profile for each family member with customized video content, parental control to protect children from inappropriate videos, and online data on weather, traffic, exchange rates, horoscopes, etc.

In the nearest future, the operator is planning to introduce theOver-The-Top services (OTT) to offer access to Utel.TV over the Internet and from iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Also, digital TV on PC (without STBs) will be implemented soon. In addition, Uralsvyazinform is now preparing to launch a new Utel.TV service tailored for hotels.

"Utel.TV is the first really interactive TV in the Urals. It is aninnovative product, and its development opportunities are virtuallylimitless," Sergey Frolov, the first deputy general director ofUralsvyazinform, said. "This is smart television, whose built-in intellect is constantly improved by learning how to better match the expectations of the audience."

"The list of services available to subscribers of Utel.TV from the first day of its launch, is unprecedented in Russia," SmartLabs CEO Mikhail Grachev says, "and this is just the beginning! In the near future, together with Uralsviazinform, we plan to significantly expand the list of new online services to make content consumption even more easy and convenient for the customers."

SmartLabs LLC

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