Through a major collaborative effort the Open TV Forum has updated and published a new HTML profile for developers of Connected TVs. The forum hopes that by providing clean and open standards for the smart TV platform it will accelerate the creation of a mass market for IPTV. Supported by most of the major consumer electronics manufacturers, the standard defines the base specification for end-to-end IPTV devices and services of the future.
With the global IPTV market predicted to grow in revenue to $105 Billion (US) between now and 2015, Ericsson have move to become the number on IPTV provider by acquiring Microsoft Mediaroon platform. The acquisition according to Microsoft will give them room to concentrate on developing their Xbox platform even further.
Sigma Designs today release a new set of G.hn based chipsets for OEMs developing for today’s digital homes. The CG5200 family includes the CG5210, CG5220 and CG5230 chips, which enables superior networked entertainment performance and throughput for seamless, high-quality distribution of Triple Play and IPTV. The versatility of the chips work over powerline, coax and phone line.
Netia a multi-screen television service provider based in Poland has chosen to build its hybrid IPTV solutions on Netgem. Netia started as a fixed line broadband provider expanded added voice and now they are adding Netgem services to offer the complete triple play experience. Part of the agreement, is Netgem will provide Netia with its middleware and hybrid DTT/Internet Set-top boxes.
Etisalat has selected SoftAtHome and Huawei jointly developed turnkey end-to-end IPTV solution. The solution combines SoftAtHome client software platform SoftAtHome Operating Platform (SOP) together with Huawei turnkey end‐to‐end IPTV, OTT and Hybrid video solutions. The solution is aimed at Operators to help them quickly deploy services for the Digital Home. Etisalat will use it to deploy its new multi-play service ‘eLife’.
Wyoming-based triple-play service provider, Tri-County Telephone (TCT) Association has selected Entone’s Fusion TV solution to offer hybrid TV services to its customers. Already offing advanced digital TV with HD and DVR support, high-speed Internet and voice-over-IP residential services, TCT will now be able to offer a single point of interaction – the television.
Netgem, will outline its "IPTV 2.0" strategy at the upcoming IP&TV World Forum in London and demonstrate its new Home Cloud software platform. Also as part of the IP&TV World Forum's conference programme, Christophe Aulnette, Netgem's CEO, will highlight Netgem's open strategy. He will deliver Netgem's vision for the future of TV in a Leadership Insight session, "Connected TVs - IPTV 2.0: the Home Cloud" on Wednesday 23rd March.
Verismo Networks has selected Sigma Designs’ System-on-Chip (SoC) solution to power its Broadband TV set-top box (STB). The Sigma Designs chip - SMP8652 Secure Media Processor, is a single-chip SoC solution that offers support for some of the latest STB technologies. It has an on chip support for USB 2.0, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet and an advance decoder engine to power high definition videos. The Sigma SMP8652 media processor will give Verismo’s customers the necessary functions to help them migrate to the IP connected home.
SFR of France has left no stone unturned with its sixth generation Neufbox home gateway – dubbed Neufbox Evolution. The box is a set-top box and home gateway all in one; it offers IPTV multiscreen access, Femtocell connectivity, the ability to connect directly to ADSL and Fibre-to-the-home and a host of other functions. Users have the option to connect the Neufbox Evolution wired or wirelessly. The IPTV service offers over a hundred channels plus the option to save content locally. Prices start at 29.90 euros and vary depending on additional features.
Telecom providers can now extend their service offering with a new television solution called FusionTV from Entone. The Connected home solution provider has released the hybrid TV platform to enable telecom operators to offer “Over the Top” (OTT) content mixed with Standard HDTV programming. The flexibility of the FusionTV manage services allows linear HDTV services to be delivered by traditional programming sources such as IPTV, cableTV or OTA broadcasts plus online media services such as video on demand (VOD), music streaming, photo sharing, social media and other popular web content an