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RGB Networks Announces Partnership With PI Telecom for Cloud-Based OTT

Integration of Solutions Facilitates Rapid Introduction of Advanced Multiscreen Services

COLOGNE, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/14 -- RGB Networks, the leading provider of the industry's most scalable, unified solutions for multiscreen video delivery, today announced that it has partnered with Pi Telecom, a specialist in the development of interactive IP video solutions, to deliver a full, end-to-end software-based over-the-top (OTT) solution. As a subsidiary of top Russian system integrator BCC, Pi Telecom represents the integrator's operations outside of Russia.

With the rise of video-on-demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (nDVR) as essential TV Everywhere services, operators are actively looking for solutions that ensure they can attract and engage a generation of increasingly mobile viewers. Equally, given the business flexibility and potential cost-savings offered by moving applications to cloud-based platforms, these same operators are keen to take advantage of the new and exciting opportunities available to them. Through this pioneering, joint offering, Pi Telecom and RGB Networks address this mounting two-fold demand.

Pi Telecom's MediaStage family of products enables the realization of a wide range of interactive TV solutions and can be integrated seamlessly with existing services for a Hybrid IPTV/OTT service, or scaled up to accommodate a full scale OTT rollout. And, when coupled with RGB's software-based transcoding/packaging portfolio, as part of its CloudXtream initiative, providers are delivered a reliable, end-to-end OTT/IPTV solution that is unmatched by other vendors in the market. Capable of being hosted in either public or private cloud environments, the solution can be quickly deployed and can instantly scale to accommodate customer demand. The partnership offers smaller European operators the ability to take advantage of moving applications to agile cloud environments as part of their long-term business plans.

"From our conversations with providers we understand that they are looking for a cost effective, end-to-end solution capable of delivering a full range of services to a myriad of devices, regardless of network," said Arie Aig, CEO at Pi Telecom. "MediaStage -- integrated with RGB's transcoding and packaging products -- enables rapid introduction of services. We chose RGB Networks for its broad, operational experience and the high-quality and reliability of its product portfolio."

The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of the Russia's largest mobile operators, delivering more than 200 live channels and a full range of services with nDVR, VOD and providing access on set-top boxes (STBs), tablets and smartphones.

"Our CloudXtream initiative is an essential development in the future of 21st century OTT TV delivery. By supporting the delivery of essential multiscreen technologies like high-performance packagers and transcoders in a virtualized setting, our solution ensures operators can maximise on the agility of the cloud," said Andy Salo, Vice President of Product Management at RGB Networks. "By uniting with eminent developers like Pi Telecom, we are offering video service providers (VSPs) a competitive, future-proof solution that buoys the multiscreen business case and ensures operators, and the consumer focussed services they deliver, stay at the forefront of an increasingly competitive market."

A demonstration of Pi Telecom's MediaStage and RGB's transcoding/packaging solution will be available at this year's ANGA COM on RGB's stand # 10.1 / V18.

About Pi Telecom
Pi Telecom was founded by BitBand Technologies veterans that was acquired by Motorola in 2010 and is part of BCC Group. Pi Telecom specializes in the development and marketing of interactive video solutions for OTT, Hybrid (DVB+IP) and IPTV networks.

About BCC
BCC is a top Russian system integrator with more than a 1000 employees and annual revenue exceeding $500 million. BCC is headquartered in St. Petersburg with offices in Moscow, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and representative offices in CIS countries. The company's business is diversified and includes telecommunications, infrastructure, construction and consulting. BCC is one of the pioneers of interactive television in Russia. In 2004 BCC was first to launch the biggest country-wide IPTV project. First commercial Network PVR services were also implemented by BCC. Today the company develops its own software products as well as integrates best-in-class vendors' products to provide end-to-end solutions for telecom operators and content providers. For more information, please visit our websites -- www.bcc.ru, www.mediastage.tv.

About RGB Networks
RGB Networks provides the industry's most scalable, unified solutions for multiscreen video delivery to any device. With core strengths in transcoding, packaging and ad insertion, RGB's 'Multiscreen 2.0' cloud-based solutions enable video service providers to streamline and monetize TV Everywhere and OTT services, with unmatched reliability and future-proof scalability. RGB's high-capacity cloud, software, and hardware solutions uniquely offer the density and scalability required to support the growing demand for video delivery to TVs, tablets, PCs and mobile devices with integrated functionality that simplifies service provider's network architectures and minimizes operational costs. RGB's award-winning products are deployed with over 400 video service providers worldwide, delivering solutions for traditional and OTT video services. Venture capital investment firms include Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive, Focus Ventures, Granite Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners. RGB is a private, profitable company based in Sunnyvale, California with offices around the world. For more information, please visit our website -- www.rgbnetworks.com -- and IP video blog -- and follow us on Twitter @RGB_Networks.

RGB press contacts, EMEA:
Jonathan Mathias / Kasia Murphy
Johnson King
+44 (0)20 7401 7968
Email Contact

RGB press contact, Americas:
John Giddings
Mobility Public Relations
+1 (650) 245-2782
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