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SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 3:07pm
Brian Santo

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SeaChange's NucleusSeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

The company said its Nucleus Hybrid Gateway software blends tru2way interoperability with Internet functionality through HTML5.

Shiva Patibanda, general manager of SeaChange's in-home business unit, said, "Nucleus is the core of our SeaChange product line that enables an end-to-end solution, connecting our Adrenalin Back Office with our … Nitro user interface."

He said the software will also enable DLNA connections with consumer electronics devices, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, gaming consoles and DVRs.

The software has two main components, the company explained.

What it's calling the Nucleus Engine:

  • Provides control over STB functionality, including channel changes, VOD/DVR playback and trick mode
  • Enables media sharing throughout home via DLNA (photos, audio/MP3, video files, recorded assets)
  • Handles back-end proxy to cache program event information and create a faster, more enjoyable subscriber experience.

The other major element, the Presentation Manager:

  • Handles the graphical components of the interface and conducts HTML5/JavaScript rendering
  • Supports next-gen user interfaces (Nitro) and delivers a consistent experience across platforms
  • Supports applications, widgets, OTT and personal content from a variety of third-party devices.

SeaChange Nucleus is also capable of supporting multiple configurations within the home, including a number of hybrid gateways containing multiple tuners for video, DOCSIS 3.0 and for OTT content, while supporting MoCA, Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfaces, SeaChange said.

The gateway devices can also connect to wireless routers via Ethernet, extending support to a number of third-party DLNA devices. The software can also be configured on lightweight IP clients within the home that have a smaller footprint and no local tuners or storage.

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