Amino scores two IPTV deals; hybrid STB wins 'Vision' award at TelcoTV

Set-top box maker Amino Communications has landed a pair of new contracts for IPTV rollouts in the United States, and also scored a "Vision" award at last week's TelcoTV trade show in Las Vegas.

Lenox (Iowa) Municipal Utilities communications system will deploy Amino's A530 PVR set-top boxes to support a rollout of new IPTV-based entertainment services.

Lenox selected Amino "after carefully considering a range of providers for this important service rollout to the community we serve," said GM Keith Bennett. "It was important that we secure a partner who provided more than just services; we were seeking a partner who would work with us in ensuring a smooth deployment to our customers, and we are delighted to work with Amino on this successful phase in our rollout."

Lenox Municipal Utilities was founded in 1913 as a water provider for the City of Lenox, later adding power and communications services to the services that they provide for the citizens of the city.

Amino also nailed a contract with Oregon-based Canby Telcom to provide a range of high-definition IPTV set-top boxes.

Canby Telcom selected Amino to partner in the continued rollout of entertainment services to its 7,000-strong customer base and 9,000 access lines. Initially, the company will deploy Amino's A130 and A530 PVR set-top boxes with a planned migration to next generation A140/A540 devices in the next 12 months.

Canby said it wanted to partner with a company who "could demonstrate a clear development path with its products that would ensure our customers enjoyed the best possible user experience." Amino's CEO Andrew Burke said the competition for Canby's business was tough.

"Our products had to really prove themselves both technically and also in terms of end user satisfaction," Burke said. "Working closely with Canby, we were able to demonstrate a clear road map for our current and future products and are delighted to have secured this important contract."

Founded in 1904 as the Macksburg Mutual Telephone Association, Canby Telcom serves over 7,000 customers across 84 square miles of Oregon.

One of the more interesting demonstrations at TelcoTV was Amino's new Freedom hybrid/OTT media center. The STB-which isn't yet available in the U.S., was named "Best Customer Premise Equipment" at the show, and was cited for being the most innovative and "visionary" product in a highly competitive market segment.

The Freedom features an Intel Atom processor CE4100 and has been specially designed to help meet growing consumer demand for TV-based over-the-top video. It supports common Internet formats such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight.

"OTT is a big theme at the show this year and it's very encouraging to see the award judges acknowledge our market-leading position," said Burke.

Earlier this year, the company picked up "Best Consumer Device" at the IPTV World Series Awards in London for the Amino Freedom.

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