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Broadband Briefs for 9/12/08

Fri, 09/12/2008 - 8:00am

Cinea, Harmonic, NDS team up for VOD offering
By Mike Robuck

Dolby Laboratories subsidiary Cinea, Harmonic and NDS said they’ve partnered to develop a VOD offering that features each of the companies’ core technology strengths.

The integrated offering will use Cinea’s Running Marks watermarking technology, Harmonic’s VOD platform and NDS’ VideoGuard conditional access technology. The combined platform lets cable, satellite, IPTV and DVR operators deploy VOD with built-in conditional access and session-based watermarking, without the need to upgrade deployed set-top boxes.

“We are committed to offering comprehensive, high-quality and flexible VOD solutions to the marketplace,” said David Price, vice president of business development for Harmonic. “As film release windows become shorter and the popularity of VOD continues to grow, efficiently protecting on-demand content becomes more and more critical. The combination of Cinea’s forensic watermarking capability and NDS’ conditional access solutions with Harmonic’s VOD platform offers operators a best-in-class solution to meet their needs.”

Thomson selects DK’s PODware for its tru2way STBs
By Traci Patterson

Thomson Inc. has chosen Digital Keystone’s (DK) PODware software stack for its tru2way set-top boxes.

PODware is a CableLabs-certified software stack that implements all OpenCable interfaces and security components, DK said. PODware is built on a hardware abstraction layer, providing a portable solution that can be integrated and deployed in a variety of platform configurations.

“Digital Keystone brings us a solid expertise in CableCARDs,” said Pascal Portelli, vice president of North American cable for Thomson. “We are currently focusing our collaboration on the DCI9220, Thomson’s tru2way HD STB, which supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 and is tailored for the North American market.”

OpenTV, eventIS demonstrating cable VOD system at IBC
By Traci Patterson

OpenTV and eventIS are teaming up to deliver an end-to-end cable VOD system that allows cable operators to differentiate their services with advanced features.

Both companies are showcasing the solution – which incorporates functionality such as high-definition (HD), start-over TV and catch-up TV – at IBC 2008. The system is based on the eventIS VOD back office solution, featuring PRODIS and TRAXIS, as well as on OpenTV’s Core2 middleware and the OpenTV HTML browser solution.

The eventIS and OpenTV solution is already being deployed by several major cable operators worldwide, including Ziggo in the Netherlands, VOO in Belgium and Starhub in Singapore. The solution is also planned for deployment with a large operator in Austria, the companies said.

More Broadband Direct:

• IBC: New TI chip supercharges DOCSIS 3.0 

• Motorola enhances on-demand platform with AMM 

• Microsoft launches new platform for TV on PCs 

• Harmonic shows off HD encoder, multi-screen transcoder at IBC 

• Envivio lands $25M in new funding round 

• Bright House promotes Kramersmeier to VP of new product development 

• Broadband Briefs for 9/12/08 

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