Myrio has released a new version of its video platform to extend the features for delivering broadband television over internet protocols.

At the TelcoTV conference in Orlando, Florida, Myrio Corporation announced Version 3.5 of its IP Video Platform, which comprises the TotalManage back-office system and the Myrio Interactive end-user application.

Belgacom in Belgium is the first carrier to deploy the integrated solution to provide its interactive digital television service.

“The industry is witnessing global interest in IP video deployment,” said Chris Coles, president and CEO of Myrio, announcing the new release.

The latest version of TotalManage adds real-time business reporting and provides an open application programming interface for integration with leading digital rights management, encryption and conditional access vendors.

The Myrio Interactive software now provides personal video recorder support, active format description detection of widescreen switching and improved web support.

“Broadband service providers are realising that there are great opportunities for additional revenue in offering video over copper wire and fibre in the future,” said Michelle Abraham, an analyst with In-Stat/MDR. “However, in order to succeed, they need to differentiate their services through local content, VOD, PVR, and interactive TV. It is critical for leading middleware companies like Myrio to continue to introduce IP video platforms that are flexible and cost-effective in order to meet this need.”

The Myrio platform is based on Java. According to Myrio’s Ryan Petty: “Building upon an open technology like Java enables a rich ecosystem of third party independent software vendors to enhance the Myrio platform – something you don’t see with closed, single-vendor solutions. The breadth of industry support for the Myrio platform provides operators the ability to choose between set-top boxes, content security, video-on-demand servers, head-end encoders and access platforms without being restricted to a single vendor.”