ALSO NOTED: Vendor announcements at TelcoTV; and much more...

What to look for at TelcoTV 2006:

> Envivio is demonstrating its SD and HD encoders with Minerva Networks iTVManager middleware and the latest generation of AVC/H.264 set-top boxes from Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) to provide a complete MPEG-4 IPTV solution targeting the Independent Operator Company (IOC) market. Release

> The Merdan Group has greenlighted Irdeto's IPTV and SoftClient security solutions and Irdeto has entered into a VAR relationship with IDC. Website

> Harmonic will demo an all-IP remote headend used to distribute aggregated content acquired via satellite. Release

> Tut Systems will show off new additions to its Astria suite of products. Release

> WideVine will be demonstrating a wide variety of content protection services, including: forensic watermarking and digital copy protection. Release

> Be sure to check out Mariner Partners new IPTV service assurance product, under wraps until Monday. Website

> ADTRAN will have a big carrier announcement, stay tuned for that one. Website

And Finally... Tzero will make announcements with a range of customers in three categories; set top boxes, residential gateways and networked DVRs. Tzero will also announce partnerships with three companies for high volume manufacturing of UWB solutions. Website