Even as SES Americom plans to end its IPTV delivery service because of slow adoption and economic uncertainty, IPTV content aggregator/provider Avail Media plans "to continue to expand our platform investments and broaden our service and content offerings, even during these tough economic times," said CEO Ramu Potarazu in a release. With partners including NBCU, MTVN and Fox Cable Nets, the company noted the following ’08 achievements: 73 commercial video deployments using its managed video service platform; more than 100% YOY growth in its linear content affil base; and more than 300% growth in its VOD business to more than 1mln subs. — That TV junkie you know may enjoy the gift of Comcast for the holidays. The MSO is offering at Comcast.com gift cards ranging in amounts from $5-$500. They can be used to order or upgrade services, purchase VOD content or apply to existing bills.

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