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Digital video-networking platform key in DirecTV offering 1,500 local HD channels by 2007


CONCORD, ONTARIO – (January 25, 2006) – Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX - AAH) today announced that it has entered into a vendor relationship with DIRECTV to deploy its digital video-networking platform, VideoRunner® for enhanced high-definition programming.

The installation will play a key role in DirecTV’s expansion of its high-definition and advanced programming services. DirecTV will have the ability to offer 1,500 local HD channels and 150 national HD channels by 2007, while continuing to expand standard-definition local offerings and other interactive programming.

DirecTV will also deploy VideoRunner for confidence monitoring within each market, allowing technicians to view real-time picture quality and network connectivity between local market and uplink facilities.

“Broadcasters around the world continue to tap Aastra for our ability to address their current network needs as well as our flexibility to scale and meet future network demands for additional high definition and interactive programming,” said Tony Shen, President at Aastra. “We will continue to make quality products that enable our customers to keep their businesses agile and look forward to increasing our market share in the HD space.”

About VideoRunner

VideoRunner is a next generation converged media network solution that delivers broadcast quality / carrier grade video, audio and data signals with high-speed networking capabilities to broadcasters and cable providers. VideoRunner’s architecture combines the major features of ATM switches, IP routers, MPEG encoders, multiplexers, and decoders all into one platform, with one operating environment.

Key features:

* Broadcast grade signals in a carrier-class package
* High quality analog and digital interfaces for video and audio
* Full MPEG-2 multiplexing and demultiplexing capabilities
* ATM network adaptation using AAL-1 or AAL-5
* IP network adaptation over 10/100/1000T and optical GbE utilizing ProMPEG COP3 R2 FEC
* Concurrent, multi-protocol management interfaces including SNMP and HTTP
* Fault-tolerant, redundant configurations for high-availability networks
Digital video-networking platform key in DirecTV offering 1,500 local HD channels by 2007
 

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JimSpence said:
Hello there Earl.

You need to remove the duplicate text in that post. :)
Your cut and paste key bounced. :D
You are faster then me..... I saw the duplicate on the refresh and corrected it right then.... .... :D
 

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So does this mean new HD channels in 2006?
150 of them? Is there even 150 possible channels? National ones?
 

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I can't phatom that there are 150 National Channels out there in HD.

Heck... there are hardly 150 SD national channels, after you exclude the premiums and foreign channels.
 

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I guess you have to build the road, before you can go 150mph down it....
 

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ebonovic said:
I can't phatom that there are 150 National Channels out there in HD.

Heck... there are hardly 150 SD national channels, after you exclude the premiums and foreign channels.
But there are a good 4 or 5 they could put up right now.
 

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4 or 5 that are good?

Like what? Food network and HGTV?
 

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my cable co's 10 dollar offering:

603 CBS - HD
604 WB - HD
605 Fox - HD
606 ABC - HD
610 NBC - HD
612 PBS - HD
614 UPN - HD
615 Discovery Theater
616 HDNet
617 HDNet Movies
618 Universal HD
619 Comcast Sports HD
620 ESPN HD
621 TNT HD
622 NFL Network HD
623 Wealth TV HD
624 Outdoor Channel HD

then of course starz tmc max hbo sho if you sub to them

and i'd be there now except I heard the moxi box sucks compared to tivo. :)
 

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OLN would be nice. As would Comcast Sports in Philly. (Can't see that ever happening though)

Those are the only 2 that interest me. I guess Starz & Max would be cool. FX or Bravo would be great but don't think they are HD anyway...
 

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National Geographic in HD would be one that would be amazing in HD.

Bravo HD is no more... it is now Universal HD
 

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Doesn't National Geographic HD launch tomorrow? Is anyone going to carry it? Seems odd to beam a signal into space without any carriage deal.
 

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I was thinking Starz, National Geographic, TNT and Cinemax. The rest I am not so up on, but I would guess there are a couple of other channels in HD out there that others might like.
 

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Doesn't National Geographic HD launch tomorrow? Is anyone going to carry it? Seems odd to beam a signal into space without any carriage deal.
I know my local Cable Co doesn't carry it (Comcast Chicago)...
And unless DirecTV is making an announcement later today... I don't think they will be carrying it either on launch day.

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I know my local Cable Co doesn't carry it (Comcast Chicago)...
And unless DirecTV is making an announcement later today... I don't think they will be carrying it either on launch day.

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I doubt D* would be secretive about another channel launch given the bad PR they have been getting on the HD front. Just really odd given they (NGHD and D*) are owned by the same parent company. I read elsewhere that NGHD is launching on Time Warner Cable. :confused:
 

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Doesn't National Geographic HD launch tomorrow? Is anyone going to carry it? Seems odd to beam a signal into space without any carriage deal.
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Last rumor I heard(from a installer) was that D* would have it 3/1/06
 

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and i'd be there now except I heard the moxi box sucks compared to tivo. :)
Actually, Moxi is pretty nice. I'd give it a look if you're upset about D*'s lack of HD and want to change now. I'm adopting the wait-and-see, and I'm moving in June anyway.
 
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