Goodbye Myrio

Dear friends and colleagues,

As I depart Nokia Siemens Networks (Myrio was acquired in 2005 by Siemens and is now subsidiary of Nokia Siemens Networks), today marks the end of an era for me–11 incredible years.

When we started working on the technologies that became Myrio, we had a dream that one-day companies all over the world would be delivering TV services over IP. We were not clairvoyant enough to predict how, what is now called IPTV, would develop over the coming years, but we knew the power of Internet combined with entertainment would create amazing new possibilities. Although IPTV seems so “well duh” now, this was not the case–even just 5 years ago.

I want to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for believing in Myrio and the possibilities it created. We could not have done it without you!

In 2005 Steve Jobs gave the commencement speech at Stanford. I want to share a short excerpt from that speech. He said, “You’ve got to find what you love. [sic]. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it
just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

The full text of the speech can be found at

Myrio and IPTV have most certainly been a labor of love. As I sign off, I extend my best wishes to all of you.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.



2005 PLM Workshop in München

June 28 and 29th Siemens Home Entertainment held a semiannual PLM (Product Line Management) workshop in München. Check out the photo album here. Every 6 months, or so, the global Home Entertainment PLM team gets together to discuss our IPTV solution. We talk about what is going right and what isn’t, as well as plan for our upcoming releases. Most of all it is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with our incredibly talented product management team — we all have a great time.


Siemens Pushes IPTV

Siemens Communications Inc. is tapping Tut Systems Inc. to roll out IPTV middleware services in North America, Siemens said Monday.

Siemens Communications Inc. is tapping Tut Systems Inc. to roll out Siemens SURPASS Home Entertainment middleware services to telephone carriers in North America, the company said Monday.Siemens’ Internet protocol television (IPTV) platform is from Myrio, a Siemens company. The package includes Myrio Interactive, a set-top box application, and TotalManage, software for subscriber and content management.

Tut Systems packetizes content from satellite broadcasters, such as TNT, CNN, and HBO, and makes it available for use on IP networks. Ryan Petty, vice president of product line management at Siemens Home Entertainment said the company also re-encodes the content into H.264, an ITU standard for compressing video.

“The agreement with Tut shows our commitment to the independent carriers in the United States,” said Petty. “There already are more than 100 U.S. carriers quietly deploying IPTV to subscribers.”

H.264 promises to deliver content at about half the bit rate of MPEG 2, which is approximately 1.5 Mbit/s. Petty said a faster bit rate is important for telephone carriers attempting to add channels to IPTV over DSL offerings and deliver to more set-top boxes. The two-way digital data and video streams between carrier and subscriber requires faster transmission speeds to maintain high quality of service (QoS).

The two-way streams also give telephone carriers the ability to collect data from subscribers, which industry experts said is nearly impossible to do on a satellite network and difficult on cable. The data could be used to help determine the type of content subscribers want most. Siemens’s long-term strategy is to push out the service through electronic retail stores, such as Best Buy Inc., but the nascent technology is changing rapidly and the market is still too small, Petty said.

Despite future plans, Siemens is relying on Tut Systems’s media content and system integration services for data and video services over broadband networks to build out the North American IPTV market. The agreement could increase net income for both companies.

Tut Systems would welcome the boost. On Jan. 30, the content provider delivered improved annual revenue for 2005, but reported an operating loss. Revenue for 2005 reached $37.4 million, with an operating loss of $17.5 million, or 60 cents per share; compared with $25 million and $13.4 million, or 63 cents per share, respectively, in the prior year.

Siemens has about 85 commercial customers worldwide that offer IPTV to “tens of hundreds” of connected subscribers, Petty said. Many of the operators are overseas, such as KPN Royal Dutch Telecom and Belgacom in Europe and Advanced Datanetwork Communications (ADC) in Thailand. Today, Siemens’ IPTV contracts cover more than 38 million broadband lines worldwide.

China’s Shanghai Telecom Co. Ltd., and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) in December reported collaborating with Siemens to offer IPTV services to a market that includes 25 million broadband users and 360 million television viewers.

see original story at Network Computing


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