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Created 8/2/2008

Video Interviews at IPTV World Forum North America 2008

IPTV World Forum North America was held on July 22-23, 2008 at the McCormick Place Convention Centre, Chicago, IL. It addressed the question of where North American IPTV providers are going to find their subscribers and what services they must provide (and evolve) in order to differentiate themselves in the crowded Pay TV marketplace. We were at the show and will report on it in the next issue of our report.

During the show, we taped video interviews with four companies we found particularly interesting. Sandy conducted all of the interviews, with Dave behind the camera. We will include more about these companies in our upcoming report on the show.

Kelvin Shepherd, MTSallstream

Sandy interviewed Kelvin Shepherd, President, Consumer Markets at MTSallstream, the incumbent telco in Manitoba, Canada. They discussed innovative IPTV pricing, competitive dynamics, Microsoft MediaRoom and converged services, network infrastructure, and quality monitoring. The interview was taped on July 22, 2008.

Arman Aygen, Witbe

Sandy interviewed Arman Aygen, Business Development Manager at Witbe, a company headquartered in Paris, France, that provides user quality-measurement systems for broadband service providers delivering video, voice and data. They discussed the importance of user-centric quality measures for interactive video services, and why network performance measures are necessary but not sufficient to create a satisfactory customer experience. The interview was taped on July 23, 2008.

Lawrence Thorne, Firecomms

Sandy interviewed Lawrence Thorne, VP of Sales and Marketing, Americas, at Firecomms, a company headquartered in Cork, Ireland, that provides light sources and sensors for home networking based on plastic optical fiber (POF). They discussed how telcos can use POF instead of Category 5 cabling for triple-play installations when existing wiring is unavailable or unsuitable. The interview was taped on July 23, 2008.

Matt Rooyakkers, Nyce Technology

Sandy interviewed Matt Rooyakkers, VP Business development at Nyce Technology, a company headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada that designs, manufactures and supplies plastic optical fiber (POF) networking solutions. They discussed newly-designed end products for the home which convert from existing technologies like Ethernet or Wi-Fi to POF, and switches that cross connect between POF and Ethernet to connect the end devices. The interview was taped on July 23, 2008.