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Siemens Pushes IPTV

Siemens Communications Inc. is tapping Tut Systems Inc. to roll out Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment middleware services to telephone carriers in North America, the company said Monday.

Siemens' Internet protocol television (IPTV)
platform is from Myrio, a Siemens company. The package includes Myrio Interactive, a set-top box application, and TotalManage, software for subscriber and content management.

Tut Systems packetizes content from satellite broadcasters, such as TNT, CNN, and HBO, and makes it available for use on IP networks. Ryan Petty, vice president of product line management at Siemens Home Entertainment said the company also re-encodes the content into H.264, an ITU standard for compressing video.

"The agreement with Tut shows our commitment to the independent carriers in the United States," said Petty. "There already are more than 100 U.S. carriers quietly deploying IPTV to subscribers."

H.264 promises to deliver content at about half the bit rate of MPEG 2, which is approximately 1.5 Mbit/s. Petty said a faster bit rate is important for telephone carriers attempting to add channels to IPTV over DSL offerings and deliver to more set-top boxes. The two-way digital data and video streams between carrier and subscriber requires faster transmission speeds to maintain high quality of service (QoS).

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