IP Capsule - September 10, 2007

Sun, 09/09/2007 - 8:00pm
Brian Santo
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Wish I was here
IBC has developed into one of the more prominent shows. This year it was heavy on Brian Santoannouncements about video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. For those of us who didn't make it, here's a round-up of only some of the IP-related announcements associated with the show.

Harmonic said that Portugal Telecom has deployed its DiviCom Electra MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoders to power its IPTV service, called Meo. The digital video headend includes the Electra 7000 high definition (HD) encoders and Electra 5400 standard definition (SD) encoders. Portugal Telecom's IPTV service is runs on the Microsoft Mediaroom multimedia and IPTV software platform. The overall system was designed and integrated by Alcatel-Lucent.

KPN Global Carrier Services (in the process of becoming a subsidiary of iBasis) is hooking up with Narrowstep so that it can provide a wholesale Internet TV services to mobile and fixed network operators, using the latter's Internet TV platform. The new service will launch in October.

Scientific Atlanta has provided headend gear for T-Com Montenegro's (Crnogorski Telekom) IPTV service, which is scheduled to launch later this year. The service is expected to deliver up to 60 channels of SD digital programming using a variety of Scientific Atlanta equipment, including more than 60 D9034 MPEG-4 AVC standard-definition encoders, nearly 70 Model D9844 and D9850 receivers, analog terrestrial receivers, network adaptation equipment, and the company's ROSA Network and Element Management and Control System.

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Map of Amsterdam, around 1730

Cisco showed its new EPC2607 channel-bonded cable modem with an embedded media terminal adapter (EMTA) that integrates VoIP services. Cisco demo'd it hooked up to its uBR10012 cable modem termination systems, eQAMs, and cable modems from Scientific Atlanta and Linksys.

Orca Interactive had a handful of new IPTV services. Its new Content Discovery infrastructure allows subscribers to find content via personalized recommendations and searches. Orca's User Generated Content (UGC) services to television enables subscribers to view personal images stored on the Web on their TV, as well as create personal video clips with their photos and share them with friends and family.

Orca Interactive also teamed with Muvee on an application called LivePhotos, for automatic movie-making over IPTV platforms. LivePhotos combines Orca's user-generated content (UGC) capabilities with Muvee's automatic video editing and photo movie software. Orca and muvee are considering jointly marketing the application as a stand-alone solution that is compatible with all IPTV platform types. The application is expected to launch later this year.

Brian Santo, IP Capsule Editor & CED Magazine Editor

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U-verse sub tally exceeds 100K; new features & channels promised
AT&T said U-verse TV has over 100,000 customers. The company said it is preparing to introduce later this month several new services, including the AT&T U-bar, from which viewers will be able to access customized weather, stock, traffic and sports; screen-based access to; and AT&T Yahoo! Games, including sudoku, solitaire, JT's Blocks, mah-jongg tiles and chess.

New channels scheduled to be added by the end of this year include Lifetime Movie Network HD, History Channel HD, Animal Planet HD, TBS HD and Versus/The Golf Channel HD.

Broadcom adds new IP set-top chip
Broadcom announced its latest iteration of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes (STBs). Rendered in the latest processing technology (65 nm), the new chip should help lower costs of HD set-tops incorporating a wide range of video compression standards and networked personal video recorder (PVR) functionality.

The BCM7405 also offers support for digital rights management solutions. Samples are now available to early access customers. Reference designs are also available.


Motorola MPEG-4 encoder good to go in Microsoft IPTV systems
Motorola has joined the Microsoft Mediaroom Interoperability and Qualification Lab (IQ Lab) for digital video encoders, which will allow the two to assure that the former's encoders will work in deployments of the latter's Mediaroom deployments. Motorola announced its participation after having already submitted its SE-5100 High Definition MPEG-4 AVC encoder for testing. Both companies supply AT&T's U-verse triple play service.

SE-5100 MPEG-4 AVC encoder
Motorola's SE-5100 MPEG-4 AVC encoder

Motorola passes 2M IP set-tops shipped
Motorola said it has shipped its two millionth Internet Protocol (IP) set-top box, five months after the shipment of its millionth. The mark was surpassed with a shipment of another 50,000 units to TeliaSonera, Sweden's largest telecommunications company.

Verimatrix, GoBackTV team up on IPTV security
Verimatrix has hooked up with GoBackTV to develop a solution that bypasses the traditional cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) in an IP video architecture. Verimatrix has integrated its video content authority system (VCAS) with GoBackTV's "CMTS Bypass" offering. GoBackTV's bypass product converts an existing cable system to an asymmetric IP network in order to deliver IPTV services.


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