Tut Systems Named Reseller of Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment Middleware and Services to Help Expand IPTV Market Leadership in U.S. Independent Operator Market
Boca Raton, Fla. & Lake Oswego, Ore., Feb 6, 2006, Siemens Communications Inc., a leading provider of Internet protocol television (IPTV) solutions in the United States and worldwide, today announced that it has named Tut Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:TUTS) as an authorized reseller of Siemens® SURPASS® Home Entertainment middleware. The SURPASS Home Entertainment solution has already made IPTV services a reality for more than 75 U.S. regional operators and many more service providers throughout the globe.
The reseller agreement will help to enable Tut Systems, a leading provider in delivering next-generation data and video services over broadband networks, to augment its industry expertise in headend IPTV solutions with market-proven middleware and integration services that are part of the Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment portfolio. By joining forces, Siemens and Tut Systems plan to build on the dozens of mutual IPTV deployments that the two companies have already undertaken together in the independent operator market - including ongoing work with TCT, a Wyoming-based service provider.
“The relationship between Siemens and Tut Systems enables us to offer some exciting services that will continue to give our customers some of the most advanced entertainment services available today,” said Rod Collingwood, manager of Plant Operations and Video at TCT. “Our latest features - including interactive services such as on-demand entertainment, Personal Video Recording (cPVR) and Pause Live TV, along with future plans for Video on Demand (VOD) - are a great step forward toward fully integrating our communication services with an improved television viewing experience.”
Commercially deployed by more broadband service providers than any other IPTV software solution, Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment middleware is helping service providers to increase subscriber revenue with a range of IP-based video and on-demand entertainment offerings. The solution also helps provide operators to more quickly launch new IPTV features as well as to improve system administration and reduce operating costs.
As part of the agreement to resell Siemens’ IPTV middleware solution, Tut Systems is also taking a systems integration approach to help enable independent operating companies to more quickly and efficiently deploy a unified set of Siemens’ IPTV services that interoperate with Tut Systems Astria® content processors.
“Both companies are dedicated to solidifying long-standing industry relationships in the independent operator marketplace,” said Craig Bender, vice president of corporate development, Tut Systems. “Independent carriers have been among the front-runners in deploying digital video, pay-per-view and video-on-demand services. Siemens’ proven, scalable and open portfolio of IPTV middleware is portable across a variety of hardware configurations and supports extensive features to meet the growing demands of IPTV consumers.”
“Tut Systems will help Siemens expand its reach in the IPTV market,” said Ryan Petty, vice president of Product Management, Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment. “As another leading provider of IPTV solutions, Tut Systems provides Siemens with additional expertise in providing operators with seamless, end-to-end IPTV deployments.”
Siemens’ market-leading IPTV solution includes middleware from Myrio®, a Siemens company. Myrio’s software suite consists of Myrio Interactive, a full-featured end-user application for set-top boxes, and Myrio TotalManage, a back-office subscriber and content management solution.
Siemens provides end-to-end IPTV solutions to U.S. regional operators as well as to national operators, throughout the globe, such as KPN Royal Dutch Telecom and Belgacom in Europe and Advanced Datanetwork Communications (ADC) in Thailand. Today, Siemens’ IPTV contracts cover more than 38 million broadband lines worldwide. In December, China’s Shanghai Telecom Co., Ltd., and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) announced that these companies will be collaborating with Siemens to offer IPTV services to a market that includes 25 million broadband users and 360 million television viewers.
About Tut Systems Inc.
Tut Systems, Inc. delivers advanced content processing and distribution products as well as comprehensive system integration services for deploying next-generation data and video services over broadband networks. Service providers, content providers, and government agencies worldwide use Tut Systems solutions to deliver broadcast-quality video over broadband networks. Tut Systems is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Ore., with regional offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information visit www.tutsys.com or call 971-217-0400. Astria is a registered trademark of Tut Systems Inc.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Thirteen of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com
About Siemens Communications Inc.
Siemens Communications Inc. offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company’s portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers, and service providers. Siemens Communications Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/communications.
Note: Siemens, SURPASS and Myrio are registered trademarks of Siemens AG or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens management. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “should,” and “project” are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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