Broadband Briefs for 04/02/09

Thu, 04/02/2009 - 8:00am

Broadcom’s home networking platform now MoCA certified
By Traci Patterson

Broadcom Corp.’s home networking reference design platform for set-top box and broadband access products, featuring MoCA connectivity, has been certified by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance board.

With the integration of MoCA connectivity into Broadcom system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, cable, satellite and telco service providers can cost-effectively provide whole-home media distribution for the next-generation digital home, Broadcom said.

"MoCA certification is a significant landmark in the proliferation of whole-home entertainment networks," said Dan Marotta, senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group. "As MoCA becomes more integrated in our wide variety of devices, service providers insist that their MoCA-enabled products will work together and be upheld to the highest standards. MoCA certification testing verifies device interoperability with MoCA specifications, functionality and performance, paving the way for broad deployment with multiple silicon solutions from Broadcom."

Evolution Digital to carry ADB’s tru2way STBs
By Traci Patterson

Evolution Digital has become a partner for Advanced Digital Broadcast’s (ADB) line of tru2way STBs for small cable operators.

Evolution Digital will carry the full line of ADB STBs for operators, all of which are integrated with OCAP software from Osmosys, including the ADB-6880CDX HD DVR, a DLNA-certified, dual-HD media centre with PVR functionality that allows consumers to watch one program and record up to three programs simultaneously.

Evolution will also distribute the ADB-6820CD and the ADB-4820CD products.
The ADB-6820CD supports home networking, allowing it to share all compliant content in the home. And the tru2way-certified ADB-4820CD is designed to sit behind the TV set.

Verivue intros MDX 9020
By Traci Patterson

Verivue has expanded its media distribution portfolio with the introduction of the MDX 9020 Media Distribution Switch. The mid-range MDX 9020 extends the performance of the MDX 9200 to a compact form factor, the company said, allowing operators to choose the best-size platform for video network deployments.

Like the MDX 9200, the new MDX 9020 is built on a network platform, combining network transport with media storage and streaming. It features the VueStor solid state storage subsystem, which is based on Flash memory technology. And the MDX 9020 uses the same OS as the MDX 9200, allowing Verivue’s Intelligent Content Distribution software to operate across both platforms.

“We know that IP video traffic is growing rapidly as services advance across an array of consumer devices,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for Infonetics. “The Verivue approach enables video service providers to manage all of their various content delivery requirements from a unified and switched platform, which will be critical for providers to efficiently deliver the breadth of on-demand content subscribers expect.”

Clearleap teams with enableTV to demo iTV
By Traci Patterson

Clearleap has partnered up with enableTV to demonstrate personalized, interactive video services at The Cable Show. The demo illustrates the consumer and operator advantages of using Clearleap’s IP-based back end and enableTV’s iTV software, the companies said.

 Clearleap, which incorporates Internet technologies into traditional cable and IPTV infrastructures, partnered with enableTV to demonstrate how scalable, Internet-based interactive TV solutions can open up a new set of possibilities to consumers, advertisers, operators and content owners.

The demo will show how the Clearleap platform can be used in conjunction with interactive software, such as enableTV’s, to deliver choice, immediacy, relevancy and personalization of content to television viewers, while offering real-time consumption analytics for advertisers and programmers.

FCC to discuss broadband, video competition at April 8 meeting
By Traci Patterson

On April 8, the Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting to discuss a national broadband plan and competition in the video market.

The Commission will consider a notice of inquiry seeking comment to inform the Commission's development of a national broadband plan, pursuant to section 6001(k) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The FCC will also consider a supplemental notice of inquiry soliciting information for the next annual report to Congress on the status of competition in the video market.

More Broadband Direct 04/02/09:

•  From The Cable Show: So far, over-the-top is overdone

•  From The Cable Show: Vendors get lowdown from cable operator panel 

•  itaas to support Cox's tru2way apps
•  Midcontinent gears up for HD VOD with SeaChange
•  From CTIA: Day 1 keynotes hit on LTE, apps
•  From CTIA: AT&T invites developers to submit apps
•  From CTIA: Select AT&T stores to test laptop pricing
•  JDSU names Holly prez of test, measurement unit
•  Juniper intros video monitoring solution
•  Acumen puts cable in the clouds
•  Aurora Networks beefs up U.S. sales team
•  Broadband Briefs for 04/02/09



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