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Swiss set-top box vendor ADB to go private to focus on softwareNovember 17, 2014Swiss set-top box vendor Advanced Digital Broadcast; more commonly known as ADB, is currently listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange, but intends to go private whilst it completes a transition to become a software-centric rather than hardware-centric company.
Pay TV UHD services draw nearer with NTT trial in JapanApril 28, 2014Japanese telco, NTT is trialing Ultra High Definition (UHD) video delivery for its IPTV service, which is branded NTT Plala Hikari TV. The trial is currently operating as part of the video on demand (VoD) service. Japan-based Sumitomo Electric Network is supplying set-top boxes (STBs) for the trial. These are based on a system on a chip (SoC) solution from Canadian vendor ViXS Systems.
Verizon launches Multimedia Home GatewayApril 08, 2014US IPTV operator Verizon has launched its Multimedia Home Gateway (MHG), the VMS1100 Verizon Media Server, and associated thin client IPC1100 STBs, under the brand name Fios Quantum TV. The VMS1100 has a 1TB HDD, 6 tuners and can support 4 thin client devices. Verizon’s marketing for Fios Quantum TV is focused on a two MHG per household option that supports the simultaneous recording of 12 channels, viewing on 10 TVs and 2TB of recording capacity. As with previous Fios STBs, it relies on MoCA home networking to connect the boxes. Similar to most MHGs deployed in North America, it does not have integrated Wi-Fi. Nor is it designed to act as a broadband residential gateway. It relies on a separate routing device to connect to the wider home network and Internet. The product is being supplied by ARRIS and was originally announced as a pre-acquisition Motorola Home deal. ARRIS is supplying content security and software, as well as hardware for the platform.
Kudelski to increase market share with Conax acquisitionApril 01, 2014Kudelski, the parent company of Swiss Conditional Access and TV software company Nagravision, is to acquire Conax, the conditional access business of Nordic telecoms and broadcasting company Telenor. Kudelski will pay NOK 1,509M, approximately USD 226M, for Conax and expects to complete the deal within 10 days of announcing the acquisition. This values Conax at 2.4 times its 2013 revenue.
CES 2014 Summary – Consumer Electronics, Smart Home and Home AppliancesFebruary 09, 2014CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, once again saw the launch and establishment of key trends in the consumer electronics industry for 2014. From flexible and curved displays to smart home appliances and wearables, IHS’ CE team summarises what’s hot, and what’s not, for 2014.Subscribers Only
Ericsson's acquisition of Microsoft MediaroomApril 21, 2013Telecommunications solutions provider Ericsson is to acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV Middleware business. Mediaroom is an IPTV software platform that includes the entire set-top box software stack and also related software that...
ViXS Demonstrates First HEVC TranscoderFebruary 14, 2013ViXS has demonstrated a new 6-transcode multimedia home gateway system-on-chip (SoC) that supports both decode and encode for HEVC. While ViXS has 6-transcode semiconductors already in-market, the HEVC...