Middleware snags stalling HD, DVR rollouts
By Dawn Bushaus and Sarah Reedy, Telephony
Apr 15, 2008 6:01 PM
Shortcomings in middleware are causing headaches among some rural telcos, interfering with their plans to offer high-definition (HD) video and digital video recorder (DVR) services.
Some carriers relying on middleware from Myrio, a unit of Nokia Siemens Networks, have become so frustrated that they are considering switching providers. Myrio customer diversiCom, an ILEC and CLEC operating in Minnesota, said it has had to halt its IPTV marketing because it does not yet have an upgrade of Myrio’s middleware that will support HD and DVR capabilities. The rural telco serves more than 3,000 subscribers—offering IPTV to its ILEC customers and video over hybrid fiber-coax to its CLEC cable base. diversiCom is part of a consortium of telcos that collectively share a headend. According to chief operating officer Dean Mohs, some other member telcos are in the same boat.