• At Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia this month, Hitron will unveil new DOCSIS 3.1 gateways, multimode network extenders and an app that is said to enable consumers to map and enhance their in-home WiFi networks and help installers offer better installations possible, at the SCTE

The app offers recommendations for best gateway placement, pinpoints areas of poor performance and recommends changes. It also provides Tier 0 support via access to common gateway features, offers status verification and allows consumers to speed test their networks. Hitron also reports that the app also provides easy set-up of connectivity to iOS and Android devices and techs can use it during initial installs, to ensure consumer premises equipment is located for optimal performance.

Hitron will offer APIs so broadband operators can build branded apps with customized flows, network views and experiences specific to their customer bases.

Hitron points out that the app partners with the two new DOCSIS 3.1 gateways. “The CODA 4596 version has features equivalent to technology utilized by the nation’s largest broadband providers and provides forward-looking features, such as room for two radios to accommodate future Internet of Things (IoT) applications,” it says in a press release. “The 459X series is DOCSIS 3.1 (5 Gbps/1 Gbps) capable, WiFi 8x8 Gen 2 Mu-MIMO supporting Airtime Fairness, DFS channels, and Band Steering, with MoCA 2.0 bonding and four Gig E ports connected to a 2.5 Gbps SGMII switch.”

The Coda 4582 gateway is the most cost-effective hardware for launching DOCSIS 3.1 services into the home by large and small broadband providers, Hitron says. The 458X series is DOCSIS 3.1 (5Gbps/1Gbps) capable, WiFi 4x4 Gen 2 Mu-MIMO supporting Airtime Fairness, DFS channels, and Band Steering, with MoCA 2.0 bonding and four Gig E ports connected to a 2.5 Gbps SGMII switch.

The CODA-45 line is built on Intel’s system on chip (SoC) providing processing power combined with low power consumption, when compared to similar DOCSIS 3.1 models.

Also at the Expo booth will be Hitron’s multimode extenders, HT-EMN2 & HT-EMN3. Both hardware platforms are equipped with two F-type connectors. When connected to a coaxial outlet, it establishes a MoCA link automatically with the network. The HT-EMN2 is designed with MoCA 2.0 and 802.11ac 2x2 dual band concurrent on board.

The HT-EMN3 is reportedly Hitron’s premium extender with bonded MoCA 2.0 and 802.11ac 4x4 Gen2 Mu-MIMO. The extenders and DOCSIS 3.1 portfolio is designed to provide a holistic WiFi solution for homes and businesses. Hitron’s demos also include infrastructure support solutions and Reference Design Kit-broadband open source software applications. 

Encompass Digital Media introduced CloudStream, a cloud-based platform powered by Cisco, to its suite of digital services. The solution is said to enable TV networks, OTT operators and live event providers to generate new revenue by creating broadcast-quality multiscreen streams for viewers.

Components include end-to-end managed service for linear channels and live events including monitoring and management tools, global dedicated digital NOCs and broadcast-quality SLA, as well as a scalable private cloud solution built on Cisco Media Data Center using the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Infrastructure for Media, which includes the Unified Computing System (UCS) virtualization server architecture and the Nexus Series Switches for the data center. It also offers what is said to be rapid channel deployment and extended services flexibility such as cDVR, and multi-DRM with the Cisco Virtualized Video Processing platform (V2P) for workflow orchestration.

By using solutions from the Cisco Media Blueprint, Encompass says it is enhancing its secure infrastructure to support media and video processing applications in a scalable and virtualized cloud environment. This reportedly gives Encompass more flexibility to offer a full range of OTT and other services to its media clients looking to accelerate time to market for new content and services.

Enco is launching its latest version of the enCaption automated closed captioning system in time for IBC in Amsterdam this month. Leveraging the previous-generation enCaption3 system for live speech-to-text conversion, the new enCaption3R2 aims at addressing the market for automated captioning of pre-recorded content.

The enCaption3R2 reportedly integrates a new speech engine based on deep neural network acoustic modeling that further improves accuracy, including enhanced representation of voice and punctuation for the hearing-impaired. Additionally, its file-based ingest workflow automates the process of preparing content for captioning. Enco reports that when used in a live environment, captions are delivered as spoken, including accurate presentation of important news and weather bulletins. Additionally, enCaption3R2 is said to address the greater challenge of correctly spelling important terms like names and local places through direct verification with news rundowns.

“Many of the inquiries we receive for enCaption have asked whether we can address pre-recorded content captioning,” Ken Frommert, general manager at Enco, says. “A large majority of live captioning is applied for news production, but there remains a significant need for automated solutions to caption other valuable content such as movies, reruns and non-live programming. We’re giving our customers who require this a low-cost method for instant captioning, as opposed to outsourcing it to a company for manual production that takes days, or wasting valuable internal resources on a very tedious and time-consuming project.”