Service providers will welcome the news that NAGRA OpenTV 5 is supported on Set-Top Box, Gateway Platforms and other client devices. In partnership with IC manufacturer Broadcom NAGRA has developed a reference design for the NAGRA HomeCruise platform. The “off-the-shelf” solution now provides an accelerated path for service providers to get their product to market. At last month’s IBC 2012 show, NAGRA showcased the NAGRA HomeCruise microGateway, a solution that will allow service providers to extend their broadcast services in the home.
Makers of set-top boxes, gateways and smart home controllers with Zigbee RF4CE should now find it easier to integrate home automation into their smart home products. That is because Greenpeak, a semiconductor company has release a new chip (GP710) that supports Zigbee RF4CE and Zogbee IP/Zigbee PRO protocols. Therefore, products developed with the GP710 chip will be able to extend their functionality within the home.
The UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory) has setup a new home networking consortium, which is to act as a one stop shop for broadband forum TR-069 and IPv6 testing. UNH-IOL said manufacturers of CPE (customer premise equipment) can have their devices tested for IPv6 CPE Ready Logo and compliance to the TR-069 protocol. The UNH-IOL has been named the world’s only official laboratory for all Broadband Forum TR-069 testing and is the only approved laboratory for IPv6 CPE Ready Logo testing in North America.
Cisco has developed a new software platform for its Linksys Wi-Fi Routers. Labelled Cisco Connect Cloud, the new platform will make it easier to add devices to your home network and make them more accessible, said Cisco. To support the Connect Cloud, Cisco has also release Cisco Connect Cloud Mobile App, which features SimpleTap, a new interface for the Linksys Wi-Fi Router. Cisco also released six new developer apps to offer more control and convenience.
Cisco is offering a new range of home network wireless solutions based on the latest 802.11ac technology. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA6500) and Universal Media Connector (WUMC710) available this month promises to offer wireless speed of up to three times faster than current 802.11n devices. The router also features Cisco’s latest home network software platform, Cisco Connect Cloud, which offers hassle free network setup and management.
Microsoft has widened the functionality of its Xbox platform with the introduction of Xbox SmartGlass. The new platform and update will allow the Xbox 360 to connect to your PCs, Phones and Tablets and show content. According to Microsoft SmartGlass will make “entertainment more engaging, web surfing more effortless and playing games more immersive”, by delivering companion content and control to enhance a TV experience.
Dirk Wieberneit has joined Lantiq as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) Business Unit. With previous roles at Trident Microsystems, Micronas and Infineon Technologies, Wieberneit has over twenty years in the consumer and communication semiconductor space, serving in different R&D, CTO and General Management positions.
Comcast has partnered with Technicolor and Entropic to extend its Xfinity Home services solution to include Xfinity HD Video conference calling. The Xfinity HD video services will enable customers to make video calls with friends and family while watching TV via their set-top box or connected TV. The platform was built on Technicolor’s 720p HD telepresence adapter and is powered by Entropic’s ARM Cortex-A9 high performance media processor.
For over 20 years, cable operators have enjoyed being the choice for television entertainment above satellite and analogue broadcasting. With the arrival of digital services such as connected TV and other on-demand services cable-TV for the first time face the challenge of remaining relevant and competitive. According to a group of analyst at Informa they have found ten things that cable operators can do to remain competitive.
Cable operators are being given the opportunity to expand their revenue stream with a new set of solutions from D-Link. At this year’s Cable Show in Boston, D-Link is promoting a range of home security solutions for Multi System Operators (MSOs). Included are the latest IPv6 ready DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem and Gateway solutions, PowerLine routers, MoCA solutions, and a range of IP camera home-surveillance solutions.