Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Broadcom Demos FastRTV Channel Change Technology

Broadcom announced a new "FastRTV" Channel Change Acceleration technology for digital set-top boxes that improves television channel change speeds by up to 5 times. The quick channel changing capability minimizes delays or pauses as consumers surf through channels. It works with existing conditional access (CA) systems and does not require changes to broadcast streams.

FastRTV technology is now available on Broadcom's system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes (STBs) and universal digital transport adapters (uDTAs).

Comcast is the first service provider to deploy Broadcom's FastRTV technology in its uDTA deployments to transition from analog to standard definition (SD) digital TV broadcasts.