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Exterity Launches Receiver Development Kit to Accelerate Growth of Custom IPTV Applications and Services

Building IPTV specialist enables channel and technology partners to integrate IPTV solutions with third-party applications through introduction of new custom application development service

Exterity, the Building IPTV specialist, today announces the launch of the Exterity Receiver Development Kit (RDK), a state-of-the-art platform that will enable its partners to develop and deliver multimedia services that integrate with digital signage, Video on-Demand (VoD), property management systems and room control systems. The Exterity RDK will be demonstrated for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2010, which is taking place from 2nd-4th February at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands.

The Exterity RDK offers a powerful Linux-based multi-application development and integration platform that allows the delivery of a broad range of high-quality services and applications, combined with live TV and video, to multiple Exterity IPTV receivers (also known as IP set-top boxes). This will enable Exterity’s channel partners to increase revenues by offering an extended portfolio of interactive, personalised IPTV applications and services, whilst reducing product time-to-market. Partners will also be able to enhance the customer experience through customisable user interfaces and easily add new functionality or applications to their IPTV solutions through integration with third-party applications.

The RDK will also provide programmers and administrators with access to every configurable parameter on Exterity’s IPTV receivers, including network settings, browser settings and maintenance functions, which may be accessed remotely. Some of the ways in which the RDK can be used include:

* VoD: control the playback of VoD content, provide a customised VoD interface or integration with payment systems.
* Digital signage: incorporate live TV with dynamically updating external content (such as RSS sources), easily customise user-interfaces for organisational branding or dynamically reposition content on the screen when undertaking a new activity without interrupting the playing content.
* Customisable user interface: customise the TV user interface (such as channel lists and interface menus), tailor a solution to different groups at different times in different places or add value by seamlessly integrating with existing standard third-party IPTV equipment.
* Third-party integration: incorporate W3C web standards such as CSS, HTML and JavaScript to provide rich programming environments for third-party integration opportunities or integrate with third-party Middleware or social media sites like twitter and Digg.

“The launch of the Exterity Receiver Development Kit will provide a structured, open toolkit for IPTV application creation and integration that will enable our partners to drive additional revenue streams and capitalise on the ever-growing demand for IPTV solutions,” says Colin Farquhar, CEO of Exterity. “By offering a powerful and dynamic production environment for building multi-application IP set-top applications, the Exterity RDK will enable our channel and technology partners alike to expand their existing IPTV offerings with new functionality to meet their customers’ evolving needs.”

To view the entire Exterity product suite in action, including the RDK, please visit stand 1G96 at Integrated Systems Europe 2010.

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For more information, please contact:
Steve Douthwaite / Kate Hyslop / Emma Bridgeman
Rocket Communications
+44 (0)8453 707 024
exterity [at] rocketcomms.net

About Exterity
Exterity Limited, the building IPTV specialist, has been delivering enterprise-class building IPTV solutions since 2001, and today its products are in use in 30 countries by some of the world’s best-known corporations.  Exterity products enable organizations to distribute broadcast-quality digital TV and video over building or campus IP networks (LANs) to a virtually unlimited number of users, with centralized management, configuration, and control. Unlike traditional analogue systems, Exterity systems can support an unlimited number of channels, and picture quality is unaffected by the addition of displays or users. Based on industry standards, Exterity products integrate easily with other solutions such as digital signage, hotel property management systems, patient information systems, and others.

Exterity is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Source: Exterity