LATENS AND MINERVA NETWORKS EXTEND CLOSE INTEGRATION OF CAS AND IPTV MIDDLEWARE

Continued sales, marketing and integration collaboration through renewal of reseller agreement

February 9, 2009
Atlanta, GA. & Alviso, CA

Latens and Minerva Networks announce today that the two companies have renewed and extended their partnership to provide IPTV solutions in the Americas. To date both companies have been highly successful in offering their joint solution combining Latens conditional access and Minerva's middleware to operators in North and South America. The renewal of this agreement provides continued and new business growth for both companies.

This partnership will utilize Latens knowledge and expertise in securely delivering content and Minerva's robust middleware that allows operators to integrate their communication services and offer a personalized TV experience. Under the terms of the partnership, Latens and Minerva will also collaborate on further integrations with market leading settop box and VOD vendors to ensure operators have the best options for their IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) network.

Latens award-winning IPTV smartcard less Conditional Access system (CAS) is designed specifically to help reduce risk, deployment time and costs as IOC's and Telco operators deploy IPTV services across their network. Robust and field tested; Latens CAS is approved by the major studios and content owners.

"The partnership between Latens and Minerva brings together and unifies two major parts of a traditionally fragmented solution. Our continuing partnership allows telcos to deploy IPTV services quickly and with confidence, with the assurance of Latens excellent customer service" said Philip Cardy, Product Marketing Director, Latens.

"As an innovator in the industry, Latens always seeks to partner with those that share our vision of creating an unparalleled TV viewing experience. By combining Minerva's middleware with our proven conditional access technology, we can continue to meet our goal to provide the most closely integrated CAS solution for Minerva's Middleware product. The renewal of our partnership agreement with Minerva strengthens our commitment to the US market and will allow us to continue to grow and expand." concluded Cardy.

Minerva iTVManager is a proven solution for launching, operating, and growing a profitable IPTV service. Minerva's award-winning subscriber interface has all the latest HD and DVR features and runs on a variety of leading set-tops boxes. The iTVManager management module offers a complete suite of tools that minimize the cost of operating an IPTV service.

"We are delighted to continue our work with Latens. Our close partnership with Latens ensures that their CAS solution and our iTVManager platform are always certified on the IPTV ecosystem of set-top boxes and VOD servers that we offer to our customers. Operators can deploy an IPTV service that is reliable and compelling to viewers with the confidence that the system components have been fully integrated," said Jean-Georges Fritsch, Chief Operating Officer, Minerva.

"Integration of the multiple components of the IPTV system is one of the major problems for operators rolling out a successful service. Our partnership with Latens ensures that we can offer a seamless solution of Latens' CAS and our middleware."

About Latens

Latens is leading the way in fully DVB® compliant software Conditional Access and Middleware, enabling operators of IPTV and broadband Pay TV networks around the world to securely deliver next generation entertainment services to set-top boxes, PCs, mobile devices and home networks. With offices in Atlanta, Singapore and Belfast, Latens' customer base stretches to over 100 installations in more than 20 countries. For more information about Latens please visit www.latens.com

About Minerva Networks

Minerva Networks is a leading provider of open-platform, carrier-class solutions for the delivery of broadband television services. More than 130 network operators worldwide use Minerva IPTV solutions to deliver next-generation entertainment and communications services. Minerva Networks is headquartered in Alviso, CA. For more information, visit www.minervanetworks.com

Media Contacts:

Oonagh Lindsay, Latens

oonagh.lindsay@latens.com Tel: +44 (0) 289 099 8240

Michelle Kwan, Minerva Networks
mkwan@minervanetworks.com
Tel: +1 408 240 1237


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