Myrio Launches Developer Kit Allowing Set-Top Box Vendors to Deploy IPTV and Interactive Applications; Amino, Entone, I3, Siemens and Zhone Support Myrio Client Application

CeBIT 2004
BOTHELL, Wash.--()--March 22, 2004--Myrio Corporation, a leading provider of IPTV software, today launched the Myrio Interactive Development Kit (iDK), which facilitates the integration of Myrio's popular IPTV platform with set-top boxes and consumer electronics devices. Myrio's IPTV platform is a scalable solution for broadband operators deploying commercial video services to digital TV subscribers.

In addition to providing instant compatibility with Myrio's solution and access to its customers who are deploying digital TV services today, the iDK program enhances a manufacturer's ability to support advanced IPTV and interactive applications rapidly and cost-effectively while laying the foundation for future compliance with the emerging ITV standards.

Industry-leading set-top box vendors including Siemens, Amino Communications, Entone Technologies, i3 micro technology, Zhone Technologies and are supporting Myrio iDK solutions.

"As broadband operators become true full-service providers - offering voice, video and data - they have a need to maintain a consistent user experience across a disparate set of hardware and software platforms," said Chris Coles, president and CEO of Myrio. "In response to this need, we developed the Myrio Interactive Development Kit that includes the tools and components necessary to easily provide and deploy the most desired applications such as digital TV, pay-per-view, video on demand, personal video recording, Web access and more."

Myrio iDK - Value-added services and applications for new platforms

The Myrio iDK Program provides the resources and support that set-top box vendors need to deploy the latest IPTV technologies. Myrio's standards-based Java client provides true portability across different CPU and Operating System combinations, reduces time to market and cuts integration time from months to weeks. With API's to all popular IPTV applications, set-top box vendors can give operators fast, intuitive control over services and options, including digital TV, video-on-demand, and digital music.

"As the IPTV industry continues to mature and gain momentum, leading players like Myrio and Zhone have responded to industry calls for solutions that facilitate and spur mass deployment," said David Markowitz, vice president of marketing for Zhone. "The Myrio iDK Program has allowed Zhone to quickly and efficiently integrate Myrio's powerful middleware and advanced applications into its groundbreaking IPTV access and home solutions. The result: the first open IPTV solution that uses existing home wiring and doesn't require a set-top box, and yet has the flexibility and horsepower to support the most robust cable-competitive applications and unique integrated communications/entertainment services in any deployment scenario."

"As part of our commitment to support our valued partners who make up our industry ecosystem, Myrio has formally packaged and documented our client tools to facilitate a broader set of set-top box choices for our customers and prospects," added Coles. "By providing a standardized set of tools, libraries and documentation, we're able to streamline the integration process between Myrio and set-top vendors, which ultimately allows operators to quickly deploy advanced applications with increased assurance of stability and performance."

Java-based iDK

The Java-based Myrio iDK provides the ideal development and deployment platform for an emerging class of interactive services and applications. Java provides content developers with a high degree of control and flexibility over the "look and feel" of their applications, enabling them to deliver the most dynamic and compelling interactive television experiences to their audience. Using the Myrio iDK, Siemens developed a video conferencing application, which operates within the hardware context of a television receiver. Siemens' application demonstrates that content developers, operators and set-top manufacturers will benefit from the ability to utilize a true object-oriented language to rapidly and cost-effectively deliver their interactive services to market.

"The flexibility of Java and the Myrio iDK has provided Siemens with a clear competitive advantage by allowing us to differentiate our solution to our customers," said Rudolf Stelzl, vice president product development for Siemens ICN.

Myrio Developer Certification - Value-added program to minimize risk

Also today, Myrio announces the Myrio Developer Certification Program, intended to ensure applications are compatible and stable on a Myrio-enabled network. Whereas the Myrio iDK saves time and money for television service providers by reducing porting costs for new platforms, the Myrio Certification Program provides the subsequent framework to insure reliability and performance. Certification testing for supported set-top boxes is intended to minimize the risk of adverse effects on a live digital system such as network crashes, excessive delays and down-time, and to ensure applications are compatible and stable on a Myrio-enabled network.

"The Myrio iDK allows us to quickly introduce new products into the market that can evolve to support new forms of IP-based content as it becomes available," said Mike Greenall, marketing director at Amino. "Myrio's Certification Program was important to us as part of our own commitment to delivering a high quality, interoperable IPTV solution, and it provides the necessary assurances our customers require. By incorporating Myrio technology in our digital set-top box solutions, we will further strengthen our offering to benefit both operators and consumers."

For more information about the Myrio iDK or to participate in the program, please contact Kelly Smith at +1 425-368-4477.

About Myrio

Myrio is a leading provider of software, content and integration services that enable new video revenue opportunities for broadband operators by leveraging their infrastructures. Myrio's software suite consists of Myrio Interactive, a full-featured end-user application enabled via a set-top box, and TotalManage, a back-office subscriber and content management solution. Myrio's solutions and expertise enable operators to deploy more quickly and offer their subscribers a full range of IP-based digital television and on-demand entertainment while lowering the total cost of ownership through operational efficiencies and hardware choice. A pioneer in the industry, Myrio has commercially deployed its solutions to operators throughout the United States, and is conducting customer trials internationally as well.

Myrio is a privately held corporation funded by Ridgewood Capital, NeoCarta Ventures, Alexander Hutton Venture Partners and Siemens Venture Capital. For more information, please visit Myrio's web site at www.myrio.com.

Contacts

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Contacts

Euro RSCG Middleberg
Charlstie Laytin, 212-367-6830
charlstie.laytin@eurorscg.com
or
Vu Chung, 212-367-6921
vu.chung@eurorscg.com