Time Broadband Services Private Limited is inking a deal with UK based-Amino Communications Ltd. to make the AmiNET 125 IPTV set-top boxes (STBs) in India. The company will not only try and raise $70 million to manufacture these STBs, it will also expand its content delivery network.
The idea is to lower the cost of producing the device to less than $100 per unit. Time Broadband will have the rights to market the AmiNET125 H.264 AVC (MPEG-4, Part 10) compliant STBs in India, East Africa and the Middle East regions.
“This is a significant development for us as India is a potentially big market for IPTV. We have manufacturing arrangements also in China and Taiwan,” according to Amino Communications’ Vice President and General Manager, Roy Kirsopp.
The older AmiNET 103 won the Red Dot Design Award in 2003 for all of Europe for CPE equipment. Amino Technologies not only credits themselves with putting the MPEG-2 Standard Definition and High Definition stacks on single chips, they were also quick to pounce on MPEG-4 codec for their STBs.
The AmiNET125 STB is fitted with the DaVinci system-on-chip from Texas Instruments and boasts of integration with Kasenna middleware and Verimatrix content protection. The price of the STBs in India has obviously not been announced yet. Time Broadband will be paying Amino a fixed license fee and a royalty on the units sold.
Since Amino sees huge potential for building a wide user base in India, they have decided to engage Time Broadband Services Private Limited via their licensing model where they tie up with local partners for local manufacturing of their products. The latter is hoping to set up a manufacturing facility for the STBs in Kolkata, Chennai or some other Indian city.
According to Kirsopp, apart from India, Amino has their eyes set on expanding into the markets of China and South America too.