Evolution Digital is set to bring cable operators in the U.S., Canada and Latin America low-cost, EBIF-enabled digital transport adaptors (DTAs), thanks to a partnership with DigiForge.
DigiForge provides digital TV design, development, integration, test and deployment services. The company has plenty of experience in DTA design, development and integration across multiple chipsets and digital devices.
And DigiForge's Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) User Agent for DTA devices ensures that every Evolution DTA deployed – SD or HD – can run one-way EBIF applications.
"This is the next logical step in the evolutionary path of DTAs – to separate the hardware from the software in the box," said Brent Smith, president of Evolution Digital.
And this way, Smith continued, operators get "to pick and choose their offerings and not be limited to a certain application vendor."
To start, Evolution will package its line of universal DTAs with DigiForge's EBIF User Agent and will provide the user interface and a starter kit of EBIF apps, which will consist of an operator-branded news app, a weather app, a stock quotes app, a sports ticker app and Caller ID.
"Just because DTAs are very low-cost devices doesn't mean they need to be 'dumb' devices, and we're excited to work with Evolution to offer their DTA customers a rich EBIF application solution," said Ed Knudson, president and CEO of DigiForge.
Evolution Digital deployed the first DTA in North America and, in June of last year, secured the first product waiver awarded by the FCC for its DMS-1002 and DMS-1002 low-cost DTAs.