News Round-Up (V): Digital TV Labs, Envivio, Epix, Charter

--Digital TV Labs to Launch CI+ Test Tool at IBC
--Envivio Secures $15 Million in New Funding, "Strengthens" Management Team
--Epix's Online Video Service Now Available to Charter Customers

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  • Digital TV Labs, a company which provides conformance products and services for DVB-based markets, and which was formed in 2005 by a group of former executives of Cabot Communications (see the article published on itvt.com, December 20th, 2005), has announced its plans for next month's IBC show in Amsterdam. According to the company, those plans include the launch of its CI+ Test Tool, which it says "facilitates the development, testing and debugging of CI+ implementations on host receivers," and allows manufacturers to "streamline their build process and reduce time to market by bringing pre-validated product to Digital TV Labs for certification."
  • Envivio, a provider of solutions for delivering video over IP, has announced that it has secured $15 million in a mezzanine investment from venture capital and banking sources. The company has also announced that it has "strengthened" its management team in recent months. "Erik Miller, a seasoned financial executive with over 20 years' experience at successful technology companies where he has raised significant amounts of private equity and has listed two companies on the NASDAQ, has joined as CFO," the company states in its press materials. "Kevin O'Keefe has taken on the role of COO and brings extensive experience in scaling field operations at technology companies to $300 million+ in annual revenue. Envivio's chairman of the board, Gianluca Rattazzi, has taken an increased role at the company as executive chairman to assist with corporate and business development. He brings 25 years' experience with technology start-ups, having filed successful IPO's as CEO and founder of three prior companies." Miller replaces John McAdoo and O'Keefe replaces Rich Stanfield.
  • Epix, a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, has announced that the HD online video version of its service is now available at no additional cost to Epix subscribers who are customers of Charter Communications (note: the MSO has previously launched Epix's linear-TV and VOD services). "Customers who subscribe to Epix should simply visit www.charter.net/epix and log in with their Charter email address or MyAccount username and password," the company explains in its press materials. Epix's online video service is also available to authenticated customers of Cox, Mediacom and Verizon FiOS TV.

 

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