IBC 2008 kicks off in Amsterdam on Thursday. Here is a preview of what some vendors will be showcasing:

• Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) will present a number of revenue-enhancing features and solutions specifically designed to support digital television operators. ADB will show its latest range of AVC and HD set-top boxes, as well as a number of new features such as pause live TV on USB. Other demonstrations include push Video-on-Demand (pVoD) and multi-room content sharing.

ADB will showcase the ADB-2810W, an HD IPTV set-top box; the ADB-3810TW, which combines IPTV, DTT and HDTV in a single unit fitted with the latest high-performance single-chip microprocessor; the ADB-5810TWX, designed specifically for making true convergence user and operator friendly; and the ADB-6882CX, an interactive dual-HD media center with DVR functionality. The ADB-4820C, which has been designed to operate with new flat-panel TVs and mounts to the back of a TV, will be shown in Europe for the first time. The set-top is fully tru2way certified and features a high-speed DOCSIS return channel to support high-bandwidth, two-way communications for VOD, secure application download, and delivery of current and future advanced applications and services.

“We are proud to present such a range of solutions, and the latest applications built on our technology platforms, which complement and build on our family of high-definition digital TV products,” said François Pogodalla, CEO of ADB. “Two-thirds of our product shipments are already in HDTV, so this is really mainstream for us. Our job is to deliver to our customers advanced value-adding technology compatible with mass-deployment requirements. This requires the ability to meet the highest level of performance, quality and scalability standards over a comprehensive line of products.”

• Appear TV will demonstrate, at stand 4.B56, its range of modular headend systems, which give operators flexibility when making central or regional headend investments and reduce operational complexities, the company said.

Demonstrations of Appear TV’s range of streaming, multiplexing, decoding with TV and FM radio, scrambling and descrambling solutions will be available, as well as its new QAM output module. The company will also show its ‘always-on’ software solution, a redundancy solution in the IPTV market.

“Our range of solutions marks a shift toward a new generation of headends with higher levels of performance and flexibility than previously possible,” said Carl-Walter Holst, CEO of Appear TV. “We invite IBC visitors to experience first hand how Appear TV is committed to designing solutions that provide a high quality of service and ease of operation. We have enjoyed a very successful year and eagerly anticipate welcoming visitors to our stand at IBC to discuss how our products enable them to provide seamless professional video to viewers.”

• Celeno Communications has introduced its new Wi-Fi System on a Chip (SoC), the CL1300, which enables service providers to deliver an enhanced user experience. Powered by the Celeno patent-pending OptimizAIR technology, the new CL1300 Wi-Fi chip can stream up to four concurrent and different high-definition (HD) streams, with whole-home coverage, while maintaining wire-like quality of experience (QoE).

The CL1300, a standards-based 802.11 SoC, is debuting at IBC 2008. It may be integrated into consumer electronics devices, such as IPTV home gateways, DOCSIS 3.0 gateways, NAS devices, multi-room DVR set-top boxes, or wireless video extenders and adapters. Also at IBC, Cisco will demonstrate applications enabled by Celeno’s Wi-Fi technology.

“Celeno’s Wi-Fi System on a Chip will help to enable the next evolution of wireless home networking and is designed from the ground up to solve the unique challenges of IPTV service providers and wireless HD video home networking requirements of performance, cost structure and truly open, client agnostic architecture,” said Gilad Rozen, CEO of Celeno. “We are excited to witness the great endorsement of our technology from tier one operators and the adoption of our product by multiple manufactures.”

• Envivio is enhancing its 4Caster M2 mobile TV encoder with the addition of Extreme Compression, which enables a 25 percent increase in performance on the 4Caster M2. Operators with both new and existing H.264-based mobile TV deployments that use the 4Caster M2 will be able to provide subscribers with an enriched QoE, the company said.

“Our in-house codec development team has worked incredibly hard to improve upon the already outstanding performance of the M2 encoder, and we are very excited about the results,” said Eric Rosier, vice president of engineering at Envivio. “By liaising closely with the world’s mobile handset vendors and the network operators we have as customers, Envivio has been able to develop an even more efficient mobile TV compression implementation that delivers a truly stunning end-user experience on mobile devices that have been designed specifically for multimedia playback.”

Envivio will be demonstrating the Extreme Compression capability of the 4Caster M2 encoder for the first time at IBC 2008 in booth 5.A19.

• Harmonic will demonstrate a new solution for the delivery of video content over the Internet ("over-the-top") to a variety of devices, including TVs, PCs, personal media players and mobile devices. The demonstration includes technologies from Harmonic, ADB, Amino, PeerTV and Stream Group and will encompass encoding, transcoding, streaming, middleware and client devices, including the Nokia N95 mobile phone.

Harmonic's solutions for Internet TV and mobile video delivery – including the DiviCom encoders, MediaPrism content preparation suite, Rhozet universal transcoding, ProStream stream processing and transcoding, StreamLiner 2000 for real-time streaming and progressive download delivery, and NMX Digital Service Manager – can be integrated with the existing broadcast and on-demand video infrastructure, providing operators with a cost-effective and scalable architecture for multi-screen video delivery, Harmonic said.

"In addition to delivering a high-quality Internet video experience on the PC, we believe that the ability to bring Internet content to the TV and deliver high-quality mobile video are important value-add services for our customers," said Thierry Fautier, director of telco solutions for Harmonic. "Our demonstration at IBC 2008, in conjunction with other industry leaders in this emerging space, brings together many of the key aspects service providers need to put a compelling Internet and mobile TV service in place and makes a converged 'any-to-any' video experience a reality."

• NDS has launched its next-generation TV advertising solution suite – NDS Dynamic – which enables pay-TV operators to improve existing advertising sales and develop new advertising models using viewing analysis, audience targeting and interactive advertising. NDS Dynamic will be demonstrated for the first time at IBC in Hall 1, stand A71.

 The NDS Dynamic suite has three solutions: 1) audience measurement – the system measures every second of the viewing experience and monitors audience interaction with adverts; 2) targeted advertising – it replaces broadcast ads with targeted ads according to household or audience profiles, location or other factors; and 3) interactive advertising – NDS offers viewers the ability to interact with ads in various formats, including telescopic ads, EPG ads, dedicated advertiser location ads and request for information ads.

“TV advertising has to change,” said Abe Peled, chairman and CEO of NDS. “The fragmentation of media and the growth of online advertising led us to develop these new solutions to help TV advertising evolve and grow in relevance. NDS Dynamic is the result of extensive research and collaboration with our customers, as well as the advertising industry.”

And NDS, along with TNS Media Research (TNS), will create and market an end-to-end STB audience measurement solution for digital TV operators. The solution, based on the NDS Dynamic advertising suite and the TNS Media Research Return Path Data (RPD) audience measurement service, will help TV operators to better understand audience behavior. The partners will demonstrate their joint offering at the NDS stand at IBC.

• Tandberg Television will be unveiling an end-to-end headend and distribution solution for next-generation digital terrestrial television (DTT) at booth 1.D61. The company is demonstrating the latest-generation MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) encoding for standard-definition (SD) and HD television, IP statistical multiplexing and IP streaming as part of its iSIS 8000 IP headend solution for DTT.

TandbergTV will show how DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-H video streams can be processed in the same headend, and the company will highlight the efficiencies of using IP transport for all current and future over-the-air broadcast services, according to the company. TandbergTV’s receiver/decoders, transport stream processing and nCompass management system, as well as Ericsson’s point-to-point microwave products, complete the next-generation DTT offering.

“Digital terrestrial television is of utmost importance to broadcasters, regulators and consumers, and we expect that most markets will increasingly focus on MPEG-4 AVC SD deployments with a view to expand and upgrade toward HDTV,” said Simon Frost, business development director at TandbergTV. “In Europe, broadcasters desiring HDTV deployments are focusing on a new generation of DTT technology provided within the latest DVB-T2 standard.DVB-T2 products, and most importantly set-top box silicon, should reach the market by late 2009/early 2010, but to fulfill the promise of next-generation DTT, broadcast network operators need to be ready to deliver more video, in more formats, and in the most efficient way possible.”

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