Sezmi taps Netgem for STB hardware, software in multi-screen play

IPTV middleware vendor Netgem will provide its set-top box hardware and software to Sezmi to bring multi-screen TV to Sezmi's customers in North America, Latin America and South Asia.

The partnership will launch with Mexico's Grupo Iusacell, which will launch its Totalplay service later in the year. The telco announced in March that it had chosen Sezmi's hybrid broadcast platform to deliver multiple next-generation video services for its mobile businesses and its fiber-to-the-home businesses, Iusacell, Unefon and Totalplay. Although it plans to launch several distinct service offerings, each with distinct branding, all of them will use a single unified Sezmi platform.

The deal with Netgem, which ranked third globally for IPTV middleware in MRG's Spring 2011 IPTV Market Leaders Report, gives Sezmi a high-performance end-user devices, enhancing its ability to launch new multi-screen TV services with the least capital investment and fastest time to market.

The Netgem technology already has strong penetration throughout Western Europe, and it gives Sezmi a turn-key service platform for operators.

"Netgem was a clear choice for us as we looked to broaden our platform to new end-user devices," said Phil Wiser, co-founder and president of Sezmi. "Not only is Netgem's product technology proven and affordable; this partnership demonstrates the flexibility of the Sezmi platform in extending to third-party end-user devices."

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