Broadstream Communications, Inc.
, the industry leader in outsourced IP video head-end and content distribution and management services, and Lifetime Entertainment Services
announce a comprehensive multi-year agreement through which Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women are available through Broadstream's IPTVConnect TM
Service -- the industry's first and most comprehensive IP content distribution platform.
"We are delighted that Broadstream -- which is bringing a wide array of IPTV content and services to the telecommunications industry -- has seen the value to its customers of the distinct programming Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women have to offer," said Patrick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Distribution at Lifetime Entertainment Services. "This agreement will enable Broadstream's customers and their subscribers to experience and enjoy our three powerful and relevant networks."
"This agreement with Lifetime Entertainment Services enhances the value of Broadstream's IPTVConnect TM
platform by bringing our customers exciting and compelling television content for their IPTV subscribers," said Anthony Bontrager, President and CEO of Broadstream. "Broadstream is the leader in delivering advanced IP-based content and services to the telecom and broadband industries, and this agreement underscores our commitment to offer our customers the best programming available."
Broadstream's IPTV Connect TM
transport network -- jointly developed by leading equipment manufacturers and service providers, is a first-of-its-kind platform that completely centralizes the aggregation, real-time digital encoding and IP encapsulation of programmer content, suitable for distribution via xDSL, fiber or other broadband networks. Broadstream manages and maintains both the live programming streams and edge equipment installed at the service provider facility 24/7 from its Network Operations Center. The Broadstream platform offers over 200 video and audio programs in full digital quality, through agreements with nearly every major broadcaster and programmer in the country. In addition, the company's Bstream TM
middleware platform offers a unique service management solution and interactive program guide that provides the necessary tools to deploy and manage a fully scalable, and cost-effective IPTV service offering.
Lifetime Entertainment programming, joins other tier-1 programmers being carried on Broadstream's IPTVConnectTM
platform, including ABC Cable Networks, ESPN, Turner Cable Networks, NBC-Universal and others.
Key Broadstream features and benefits include:
- Full IP-multicast capability employing the latest advanced video codecs
- Over 200 "all digital" video and audio programming channels
- Local encoding platform for local affiliate stations and regional sports networks
- Bstream TM 3.0 IPTV Middleware Platform
- Fault tolerant network, monitored 24/7
- Compatibility with existing access networks
- Multiple set-top box integration
- Content acquisition and marketing support