In their effort to reach more markets and bring down the cost of set-top boxes (STB) Humax has collaborated with Broadcom to develop the world’s first 40nm HD Satellite set-top box. The high definition satellite set-top box solution reduces the system cost for set-top manufactures like Humax and allow them to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs.
Broadcom has launched a range of System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solutions for Hybrid TV and Over-the-Top (OTT) Media Players based on their BCM72xx chipset. According to Broadcom the chips features advance capabilities in processing power that will transform existing digital TVs into smart TVs. They have also launched six new MoCA 2.0 based SoC set-top box (STB) and Hybrid IP Gateway solutions.
Netgem has announced that it has been selected by P&TLuxembourg, Luxembourg's leading telecom operator, to upgrade its service to next-generation IPTV offering. Netgem will provide P&T with its software and intelligent set top boxes (STB) to give its subscribers a unique rich TV experience. The enhanced service will be rolled out in October 2011.
The WYPLAY digital home platform has been selected by Belgacom for is next generation of set-top boxes. As one of Europe’s leading service providers, Belgacom has over 1 million IPTV subscribers and operates out of Belgium. In addition to Belgacom, WYPLAY is also able to boast SFR of France as a customer plus partnership that extends to Australia and Africa.
Sigma Designs has unveiled a new Ultra-Thin reference design for the set-top box market. The new solution combines networking and set-top box functionalities in one ultra thin platform. According to Sigma design it enables set-top box platforms to stream high-definition content from the web, in 1080p resolution via networking through the AC power adapter. Core technologies include Sigma’s SMP8670 media processor and HomePlug AV with ClearPath and Z-Wave.
Pace has announced its latest set of High Definition set-top boxes for the connected home. The new set-top boxes are expected to offer pay TV subscribers an advanced viewing experience. The boxes offer a number of flexible features to enhance users viewing experience and network setup options. Operators are expected to benefit from the devices, which are accompanied by upgraded software, business consulting, specialised customer care call centre and product delivery services.
Virgin Mobile (France) has joined the likes of Toshiba and Telekom Slovenia in partnering with Netgem, the connected home solutions provider. In an announcement today Netgem said they have partnered with Virgin Mobile (France), French Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), for the launch of Virgin Box TV.
Entropic Communications and Zoran Corporation have announced that both companies will be collaborating on a new MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) 2.0 Set-top box reference platform. The platform will help to speed up the development of MoCA 2.0-enabled IP-based set-top-boxes as service providers move to IP gateway/client architectures in the home.
At this year’s Computex show in Taipei China (May 31 - June 4), Cavium is promising to demonstrate their best in digital home and home entertainment solutions. Geared towards OEMs and ODMs they will be showcasing their latest set-top box, networking and digital home applications, based on their PureVu, ECONA, Celestial and OCTEON processor families.
As part of this week’s Connected Home Global Summit 2011 in London the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is releasing a new Interoperability Guidelines for the playback of commercial media content. The new guideline will make it easier for residential customers to stream video content to in home devices such as DLNA certified Blu-ray disc players, connected TVs, game consoles and set-top boxes.