NTT Cyber Communications Laboratory Group
, have announced that Plala Networks Inc.
, a pioneer IPTV service provider in Japan, has deployed its 4th MEDIA IPTV service using a technology jointly developed by NTT Cyber Labs and EXPWAY for its Electronic Program Guide (EPG).
This Metadata System is based on rich XML-based metadata format allowing enhanced description of content for easy access, navigation, and viewing of content. EXPWAY brought NTT its expertise in the management of metadata and efficient compression of EPG with BiM format. While allowing comprehensive EPG service, the system improves EPG data transmission and saves costly network bandwidth.
Said Antoine Weil, CEO of Expway: “EXPWAY is very proud of the tight collaboration built with NTT over the past five years and happy to see a first concrete application being deployed in Japan over a broadband network. I believe that the jointly developed Metadata System brings the necessary richness for Plala Networks users to access the wide range of services as well as a very high performance level to reduce network overload”.