Espial IPTV Middleware Powers Next Generation VOD, Digital And Interactive TV Services For Com Hem

    Sweden's Largest Cable Operator Deploys Hybrid IP TV Services With Evo TV
    Service Platform

    OTTAWA, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Espial(R) (TSX:ESP), a leader in the
delivery of TV software, today announced that Com Hem AB, Sweden's largest
cable operator, has chosen Espial IPTV middleware for its next generation
digital TV and VOD services, named Com Hem On Demand. The Evo TV Service
Platform powers the Swedish operator's recently launched on-demand TV
services. These advanced, interactive services include movies on demand
(Videobutik), several catch-up TV programmes (Play) and a music on-demand
service (Musik). Com Hem will be actively rolling out and marketing these
services and, by December 2009, 500,000 Swedish households are expected to be
able to use the services.
    Com Hem AB provides cable television, digital television, HD television,
broadband, and IP telephony services to approximately two million households
in Sweden.
    "Espial IPTV middleware provides us with a powerful, high performance
platform to deliver a superior user experience and the possibility to rapidly
add new innovative services. With it, we've developed and launched a range of
on-demand and interactive TV services including VOD, Start-Over TV, Catch-Up
TV, Landlord-Tenant management portals and other interactive services, based
on a hybrid DVB & IP approach" stated Martin Kull, Chief Technology Officer of
Com Hem.
    "We are privileged to be part of Com Hem's new on-demand services
roll-out. This is one of the leading deployments of a hybrid-IP TV service by
a major cable operator in Europe. Com Hem's service offers consumers an
excellent range of compelling on-demand services" stated Jaison Dolvane, CEO,
Espial. "This deployment clearly highlights the openness, performance and
scalability of Espial's IPTV middleware and demonstrates our ability to meet
the stringent requirements of leading TV service providers."
    Espial's digital TV middleware is purpose-built to serve millions of
subscribers with a minimal capex investment, to provide a highly responsive
user experience and to offer a powerful service creation environment. With
sub-second response times for EPG, VOD, Timeshift TV, DVR and other
interactive applications, the Evo TV Service Platform delivers an instant user
response - a level of performance expected by today's internet generation. It
is designed to fit into current and future IPTV and cable back-office
architectures. This lets Cable operators, Telcos and Internet Service
Providers quickly build and deliver new services to their subscribers. They
can rapidly roll out services such as personalized UI advertising, Time-Shift
TV services and MDU (or Campus) services.

    About Espial

    Espial provides scalable and open digital and IP TV software to service
providers in the cable, telecommunications and hospitality industries. Its
middleware, video-on-demand and browser solutions provide superior service
delivery, advanced service innovation tools and the ability to implement
flexible business models. Espial serves a range of market segments including,
IPTV, Cable, hybrid IP, over-the-top, multi-dwelling unit and enterprise. With
over 7 million subscriber subscribers using Espial's patented solutions,
Espial is a leading supplier of TV software. Espial is headquartered in
Ottawa, Canada with offices around the world in USA, Europe and Asia. For more
information, please call +1.613.230.4770 or visit Please drop
by our IBC booth (5.A18) to see a demonstration of the Com Hem On Demand
service - September 11-15, RAI Amsterdam.

    About Com Hem

    Com Hem is one of Sweden's leading telecommunications operators providing
TV, Broadband and Fixed Telephone Services. About 40%, 1.76 million, of
Swedish households are connected to Com Hem's network and have access to
Sweden's widest range of TV, high quality and complete services for broadband
and fixed lines. The company was founded in 1983 and has about 650 employees
with it's headquarter in Stockholm. It is owned by The Carlyle Group and
Providence Equity Partners. For more information visit

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For further information: Inquiries from press or analysts: Kirk
Edwardson, Director, Marketing, Espial Group Inc., Email:, Phone: (613) 230-4770 x1145

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