Microsoft Mediaroom wins regional IPTV customer

TDS Telecommunications, a communications provider in the US state of Wisconson, has built a new IPTV platform and given the nod to Microsoft to supply its Mediaroom middleware.

The telco has spent around US$ 25mn on building the new platform, which delivers up to 240 linear channels and video-on-demand content via its fibre network, as well as a four-tuner DVR which can store up to 400 hours of recorded shows.

However, it is the inclusion of Mediaroom software which makes this significant: despite winning roles in some very big operator deployments in years past (including the likes of AT&T, Telus and Deutsche Telekom), there has been a paucity of new customer announcements of late.

However, that hasn’t stopped its partners from innovating: Swedish quality assurance specialist Agama Technologies and its Canadian rival Mariner have both revealed plans in the past week to launch Mediaroom-specific editions of their digital TV monitoring solutions at the IBC 2012 trade show which kicks off in Amsterdam in early September.

With this year’s IBC trade show just around the corner, we may see some more big announcements for the Mediaroom platform very soon – watch this space…

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