Tut Systems Delivers Application for Converting On-Demand Content from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC

Astria® Content Processor's Unique Transcoding Capability Accelerates Transition to Next Generation Compression Technologies

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Nov. 7 -- Tut Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:TUTS), an industry leader enabling the delivery of next-generation data and video services over broadband networks, today announced that its Astria® content processor (CP) video headend solution can now be leveraged by customers to convert MPEG-2 stored on-demand content to the latest MPEG-4 AVC compression technology.

Today, the vast majority of video on-demand content is delivered to service providers in the MPEG-2 format. For service providers deploying services based on the bandwidth efficient MPEG-4 AVC compression technologies, a bridge is needed to convert content to the new compression standard. As proven at Tut Systems' landmark MPEG-4 AVC customer, Cavalier Telephone, the Astria CP now delivers this functionality in a cost-effective and efficient manner with minimal impact on the service provider's operations.

"As part of the next phase of our partnership with Tut Systems, we challenged them to solve a fundamental problem we were having with gaining access to on-demand content that we could deliver at bandwidths optimized for our ADSL2+ network while still meeting the stringent quality standards of content owners," said Phil Davis, Director of IPTV for Cavalier Telephone. "The advanced transcoding capability of the Astria CP delivered an exceptional solution for us with equipment that we already use today in our core headend operations."

"Tut Systems believes that innovation in the IPTV market can only be achieved through a close relationship with our customers," said Bob Noonan, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service for Tut Systems. "We appreciate Cavalier Telephone's laser-like focus on identifying opportunities for innovation that will directly benefit their IPTV subscribers."

The Industry's Leading IPTV Platform for Telcos

More than 160 service providers across five continents deliver IPTV powered by Tut Systems digital headends. The Astria family of video processing platforms, which serves as the core of the company's digital headend solution, processes both analog and digital video streams from multiple satellite and local sources in a variety of formats. The Astria CP supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC video compression, local ad insertion, forward error correction and provides real-time conditioning for distribution of video and audio over any ATM, IP, or RF broadband network. The Astria VSP provides the highest density, carrier class, single chassis product for the delivery of IP video over RF broadband access networks, including coax and FTTP (Fiber to the Premises).

About Cavalier Telephone

To learn more about Ace Communication, please visit them at www.cavtel.com/ .

About Tut Systems, Inc.

Tut Systems, Inc. delivers advanced content processing and distribution products as well as comprehensive system integration services for deploying next-generation data and video services over broadband networks. Service providers, content providers and government agencies worldwide use Tut Systems solutions to deliver broadcast-quality video over broadband networks.

Tut Systems is headquartered in Lake Oswego, OR. For more information visit tutsys.com or call (971) 217-0400.

Source: Tut Systems, Inc.

Keith J. Wymbs
Tut Systems

Web site: tutsys.com/

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