Cisco Systems and Avail Media have recently announced their partnership to provide wholesale IPTV outsourcing and content aggregation. The agreement integrates Avail's satellite distribution of MPEG-4 video content with Cisco's IP NGN architecture capabilities, including, "IPTV encoding, encapsulation, middleware and digital rights management, scrambling and descrambling, satellite receivers, conditional access, set-top provision, service management, systems integration services, and program management for video hub office components."
It seems that the point is to offer a more seamless, end-to-end solution for companies looking to provide IPTV services.
According to Fierce IPTV, "While SES Americom is exiting the wholesale market with the shut down of its IP-Prime offering, other companies in this segment have been ramping up their offerings in recent months to win over IP-Prime customers and pursue new opportunities."
Cisco Press Release
Fierce IPTV - Cisco, Avail Media Team up in Wholesale