July 25, 2011 — NAHUNTA, GA – Brantley Telephone (BTC), a 6,000 subscriber line telecommunications company, has recently changed their IPTV middleware platform to the Innovative Systems Middleware solution.
According to Michael Haney, Brantley’s IT Manager, “The thing that really stood out for us was how complicated the first middleware system was with lots of extra equipment and difficult interface provisioning as compared to the Innovative solution.” Haney added, “There is a huge advantage when you already have an APMAX in place for voice services, as the UI is the same and everything ties in nicely. We also appreciate the back end tools like the Virtual Remote™ and the Video Monitor which weren’t available on the other system.”
The Whole Home DVR has also been a good revenue generator for Brantley, saving them the capital expense of having multiple DVRs in the home. The Innovative Systems IPTV Middleware allows for basically the same user experience in playing back programs on the non-DVR set top box that they have on the DVR set top box.
The unique situation of switching IPTV middleware providers in a short period of time would normally be considered quite a challenge, but according to Nathan Vineyard, Director of Engineering at Dascom Systems Group, “We re-designed Brantley’s system and were able to easily incorporate Innovative IPTV Middleware into the final working solution.”
According to Ryan Tupper, Innovative Systems Voice and Video Products Director, “BTC is a good fit for our IPTV Middleware. They required a middleware with competitive features that could be installed quickly, integrated easily with the set top boxes, encryption, and other elements of an IPTV service. With a collaborative effort from Innovative Systems, Dascom and BTC we were pleased how everything came together with virtually no glitches.”