Minerva Network develops software for operators that want to roll out TV service over IP networks. That includes those that want to enhance traditional TV services with on-demand IP video, as well as ISPs who are searching means to build out greenfield video deployments without investing heavily in traditional TV infrastructure.
The xTVFusion 5 platform is designed with that latter case in mind, and was made specifically to enable live and on-demand video services to be deployed over low- and high-bandwidth IP networks. Specifically that will enable new entrants to take advantage of their existing networks to roll out new services.
For customers with high-bandwidth connections, Minerva’s platform lets carriers deliver IPTV services including whole-home DVR, remote scheduling, and blended pay TV and over-the-top video capabilities - that lowers the requirement for ISPs to add new video service options to their customers.
More importantly, xTVFusion 5 can also be used for networks with as little bandwidth as 5Mbps, over which ISPs can still offer broadband TV services. This means ISPs offering DSL services — and even those running some high-powered LTE 4G mobile networks — should be able to launch streaming TV services over those networks, Minerva Networks CEO Mauro Bonomi told the press.
Nowadays, its average ISP partner can only reach about 20 percent of its customer base with IPTV services due to bandwidth constraints. However the new offering can expand that availability to up to 80 percent of its customers, Bonomi said.
The combination of IP connectivity and new managed networks could make interesting new business models for ISPs looking to boost sales and add new services. Take Sonic.net, for instance: the broadband provider has filed a video franchise application with the California Public Utilities Commission, and is expected to release a low-cost streaming TV offering over its existing network. With technology like xTVFusion 5, more ISPs could follow suit.
Minerva Networks, Inc. is an American company based in Silicon Valley that develops video compression technology and broadcast systems used for delivery of video services over broadband IP networks, interactive television(iTV) services, and video conferencing.
It was founded in 1992. Minerva also makes data compression hardware used to transmit video over Internet protocol (IP) networks.
In 2006, Nortel Networks and Minerva announced that they would jointly develop an Application Interface (API) enabling the integration of real-time IPTV services with Minerva's iTVManager software, allowing it to interoperate with Nortel's IMS service delivery platform.
As of June 2008, Minerva Networks changed focus to IPTV middleware and applications software with over 220 telco deployments worldwide. In the same month, the company also announced ten significant new IPTV installations, including Mt. Horeb Telephone in Wisconsin, Tullahoma Utilities in Tennessee, and GTA TeleGuam in Guam.