Showing posts with label STB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label STB. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2016

FCC Opens Set-top Box to Competition

The FCC approved a proposal to "unlock" the set-top box market for pay-TV services.

Specifically, the new rules recommend that pay-TV providers be required to deliver three core information streams:

Service discovery: Information about what programming is available to the consumer, such as the channel listing and video-on-demand lineup, and what is on those channels.

Entitlements: Information about what a device is allowed to do with content, such as recording.  
Content delivery: The video programming itself.

The streams could be used by new hardware or software apps to give customers choice in how they receive programming.

The proposal seeks to maintain programmers’ existing agreements with MVPDs and full copyright protections and remedies.  The proposal tentatively concludes that new device or app developers should certify compliance with similar privacy protections to those that MVPDs comply with today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ARRIS to Acquire Pace for $2.1 Billion

ARRIS Group agree to acquire Pace plc., a supplier of networking equipment for cable operators, for US$2.1 billion (£1.4 billion) is stock and cash.

Under the agreed upon terms, Pace shareholders will receive £1.325 of cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.1455 New ARRIS shares for each Pace share, reflecting aggregate consideration as of April 21, 2015 of £4.265 per share, representing a 28% premium to the Pace closing share price as of April 21, 2015.

The transaction will result in the formation of New ARRIS, which will be incorporated in the U.K., and its operational and worldwide headquarters will be in Suwanee, GA USA. New ARRIS is expected to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker ARRS. In connection with the formation of New ARRIS each current share of ARRIS will be exchanged for one share in New ARRIS.

"This transaction is another example of ARRIS's ongoing strategy of investing in the right opportunities to position our company for growth. Adding Pace's talent, products and diverse customer base will provide ARRIS with a large scale entry into the satellite segment, broaden our portfolio and expand our global presence. We expect this merger will enable ARRIS to increase its speed of innovation. We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for ARRIS and our customers, employees, shareholders and partners around the world as we collaborate to invent the future," said Bob Stanzione. "We look forward to working with the talented and accomplished team at Pace."

"Pace plc is a great company with a strong track record of pioneering innovation and excellent customer service. Through a combination of organic development and acquisitions, Pace has grown to be a leading technology solutions provider to the PayTV and Broadband industries serving cable, satellite and telco customers across the globe. Over the last three years, Mike Pulli and the wider Pace team have successfully executed against our strategic plan to develop Pace into a more distinctive, profitable and cash generative company, creating significant value for shareholders.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SK Broadband Plans UHD 4K VOD with Set Top Boxes powered by Broadcom

SK Broadband is preparing to launch an Ultra High-Definition (UHD) 4K video on demand service in South Korea later this month.  The service will use an Ultra HD set-top box powered by Broadcom's Ultra high-definition (HD) system-on-chip (SoC) technology.

SK Broadband's B UHD tv STB delivers striking 60 frame-per-second (fps) video with vivid 10-bit color to the newest generation of high contrast ratio 4K TVs. High quality graphics and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities allow consumers to further optimize the Ultra HD viewing and user experience.

Broadcom said its advanced HEVC decoder substantially reduces the bandwidth required for Ultra HD content transmission over fiber, DSL or cable networks.

"Our HEVC-enabled chips are a key enabler in the reliable delivery of Ultra HD content to viewers' homes whether via over-the-air broadcasts, pay TV or OTT and we're very pleased that SK Broadband is launching their services with our BCM7252 SoC," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband & Connectivity Group. "We see particularly strong adoption in Korea and SK Broadband is clearly demonstrating they have prepared for this next generation viewing experience in response to customer demand."

Key Features of the Broadcom BCM7252 Ultra HD SoC:

  • High-performance dual-core Brahma15 10000 DMIP CPU
  • 2180p60, quad 1080p60 HEVC decode, dual HD AVC encode
  • Integrated high-performance connectivity peripherals, including USB 3.0, PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet
  • High Performance DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface
  • Enables more efficient operator content delivery for increased footprint, higher resolution or additional channels

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Quantenna’s 4x4 802.11ac Paired with STMicroelectronics’ STB Solution

Quantenna Communications and STMicroelectronics announced a single board Wi-Fi enabled set-top box reference design platform that features Quantenna’s QSR1000 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset and ST’s STiH206 Liege platform.

Using Quantenna’s 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the combined solution will deliver the world’s fastest and most reliable wireless streaming of bandwidth-intensive data, such as video content.

Some highlights:
  • Fastest Wi-Fi with 1.7 Gbps total throughput
  • Wave 2 802.11ac technology
  • Lowest cost eBOM incorporating 16 bit DDR3
  • Full featured ST HbbTV pre-integrated solution with the widest choice of CAS certification and middleware adaptations
  • Supports Interactive Services, L2 Cache frees up resources for interactive applications

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NTT Tests 4K H.265/HEVC Streaming over the Internet

NTT West is testing the delivery of 4K TV streams over the Internet. The trial, which is being held with NTT SmartConnect Corp., carriers 4K video (3,840 × 2,160) using H.265/HEVC compression to next generation set-top boxes.  The companies are hosting a demo at this week's Makuhari Messe.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Microsoft Reveals XboxOne Specifications

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One, an all-in-one gaming and entertainment system for the largest screen in the house.  Xbox One aims to put the consumer at the center of games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.

Here are a few key features
  • An eight-core, x86 processor and more than 5 billion transistors
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • HDMI in and out ports 
  • USB 3.0
  • 802.11n wireless
  • Blu-ray disc player
  • 1080p Kinect camera 
  • Snap -- use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching your favorite movie, talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy team on TV as you watch the big game and more.
  • Skype for Xbox One  talk with friends on the TV in HD, or for the first time ever, hold group Skype calls on your TV.

  • Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures the full sequence of a game to the cloud for later review and sharing
  • Xbox SmartGlass -- natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.
  • New Xbox controller --  features more than 40 technical and design innovations, including directional pad, thumb stick, ergonomic fit and new vibrating impulse triggers.
Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Pricing has been disclosed.