Ellyn Stepanek Rachel Freeman
Communications Specialist Communications Manager, Development Programme
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JANET(UK) Collaborates with OSTN to Launch IPTV to Universities in the United
OSTN Student-Produced, Educational, Foreign Language, News & Entertainment IPTV
Programming Available to JANET -Connected Sites
Oxfordshire, UK – July 2, 2007 – JANET(UK) today announced an IPTV partnership with the
Open Student Television Network (OSTN). JANET(UK) will offer OSTN’s educational, foreign
language, news, and entertainment IPTV content to all of its connected sites, representing a user
base of up to eighteen million users which includes all colleges, universities and the majority of
schools in the UK.
JANET is the UK’s national network for research and education and connects a wide range of
education and research institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From
schools, FE Colleges and Universities to large research institutions, JANET provides a reliable
and resilient network, enhanced through a program of leading-edge developments and services.
Available on personal computers within the UK, OSTN is the leading global provider of
educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV content and services, and features
the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming, airing
content from over 50 higher education institutions.
“OSTN creates possibilities for student collaboration on a scale unimaginable only several years
ago,” said Randy Winchester, Team Leader for MIT Cable Television at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. “I am anticipating that OSTN will cause a huge revival in video and
film in the UK as it did here in Cambridge.”
In collaborating with JANET in the United Kingdom, OSTN will now make its channels
available to JANET’s user base. The alliance will also provide both parties an exciting
opportunity to introduce new services to the JANET community.
“OSTN gives our students the experience of working in conjunction with a national network,
producing for a national audience, and presenting their work in a national forum. Thanks to
OTSN, our students will get to share experiences with their peers in ways we couldn’t even
imagine a few years ago,” said Steve Yavner, University of Miami’s Faculty Advisor for UMTV.
“We are pleased to partner with JANET(UK) to deliver IPTV to the UK’s colleges and
universities,” said Prashant Chopra, Chief Executive Officer of OSTN. “We also look forward to
collaborating with our colleagues in the UK to aggregate and distribute student-produced,
educational and news programming worldwide.”
Along with student-produced programming, content available on OSTN includes the OSTN
student channel, educational channels such as NASA TV, C-SPAN, University of California
Television (UCTV) and the Florida Educational Channel, news channels such as MSNBU and
Fox News, entertainment channels such as the Sci-Fi and USA Networks, and foreign language
channels such as CCTV (Chinese), TV5 (French), and RAI (Italian).
“Our partnership with OSTN will open up a whole host of opportunities for the student
community across JANET,” said Tim Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at JANET(UK) and
former BBC and Disney TV executive. “This cutting-edge converged technology will not only
give students access to a whole host of vibrant new resources but will also encourage
collaboration across campus and indeed the whole education sector.”
For more information on receiving OSTN, contact Shane Walker, Lead of the OSTN-
JANET(UK) Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-470-6673.
OSTN is the leading provider of educational, foreign language, news, and entertainment IPTV
content and services. OSTN features the only 24/7 worldwide channel exclusively devoted to
student-produced programming. OSTN now is delivered to nearly 60 million subscribers at more
than 4,500 university member campuses and 46 countries around the globe. OSTN can be
viewed on televisions and personal computers.
In North America, OSTN uses Internet2 and National Lambda Rail’s advanced network to
distribute programming to members. It uses ORION in Ontario, Canada and the GEANT2
Network, managed by DANTE, in the European Union. GEANT2 links to Asia via TEIN2, the
Middle East & Africa via EuroMed, Latin and South America via ALICE, Mexico via CUDI and
Australia via AARNet. For more information, visit www.ostn.tv/.
JANET(UK) manages the operation and development of JANET on behalf of JISC (Joint
Information Systems Committee). JANET(UK) is government funded, with the primary aim of
providing and developing a network infrastructure that meets the needs of the education and
research communities. www.ja.net
JANET is the network dedicated to the needs of education and research in the UK. It connects
the UK's education and research organisations to each other, as well as to the rest of the world
through links to the global Internet. In addition, JANET includes a separate network that is
available to the community for experimental activities in network development.
JANET® is a registered trademark of the Higher Education Funding Councils for England,
Scotland and Wales. The JNT Association is the registered user of this trademark.
JANET(UK)® is a trademark of the JNT Association.
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports further and higher education by
providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration. JISC is funded by
all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils: JISC - www.jisc.ac.uk.