IBC sees telco convergence

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This week's International Broadcasting Convention 2004 in Amsterdam is already seeing the convergence of telecoms and TV emerge as a major theme.

As well as providing a forum for the traditional TV players, the show is filled with vendors targeting those telecoms operators trying to launch video services via their broadband networks.

One example is Kasenna's network-based personal video recorder (PVR) system that is designed to meet the needs of providers of video content over the internet.

SkyStream Networks is exhibiting with its newest partner, Alcatel. The two companies announced last week that they will jointly market a combination of SkyStream products and Alcatel's Open Media Suite to network operators.

OpenTV and Ucentric are also showing whole home entertainment offerings including OpenTV's interactive TV, Ucentric's Whole Home DVR, Whole Home Music and Whole Home Photo applications.

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