TelcoTV Exhibit Round-Up: ADB, Amino, Harmonic, Latens, Minerva, SeaChange
A number of companies have contacted [itvt] over the past few days to let us know about their exhibit plans for the TelcoTV show, which takes place in Orlando, Florida this week (November 10th-12th):
- Advanced Digital Broadcast (Booth 801) says that it plans to show "how it is enabling television, Internet and personal content to converge and be accessible where consumers enjoy it most: on their flat screen TV." According to the company, visitors to its booth will be able to see, among other things, a demo of DivX-encoded content on the company's ADB-2810W IPTV set-top box that will show how "consumers can access DivX files from their PC and play them on television, and pay-TV operators can enhance their VOD offering with DivX content, which includes old and niche movies that are not always available in other formats"; a demo of how the company's set-top boxes and multi-room DVR applications enable content sharing around the customer home using DLNA and UPnP home networking; a demo of the company's Smooth-View technology, which it claims "revolutionizes the DVR experience by giving consumers the ability to linearly accelerate or slow down high-definition videos without any frame drop, and with perfect audio"; and a demo of the company's "set-back box" which mounts on the back of a flat panel TV. "We expect content convergence to be a major theme this year, particularly addressing how network operators handle the inevitable interaction between TV, other CE devices and the Internet," ADB CEO, Francois Pododalla, said in a prepared statement. "Trends in multimedia consumption and consumer tastes mean it is now time to start preparing for a new consumer TV experience in every home. At TelcoTV 2009, we will show how our high-performance devices enhance the consumer TV experience while minimizing operators' cost of ownership. We'll demonstrate how our proven software expertise delivers the combination of performance, stability and user-friendly interfaces that ensure content convergence remains a television experience, and not a 'techie' PC endurance."
- Amino (Booth 545) says that it will demo pre-integrated partner middleware solutions--including the Minerva 4.0 whole-home DVR application and Espial's Evo TV service platform--running on its devices; various enterprise solutions, including a joint solution with InfoValue, a provider of streaming video solutions to the hotel and enterprise markets; its new hybrid/over-the-top set-top box, which is powered by the recently announced Intel Atom Processor CE4100; "innovative user experiences, including a personalized, user-centric, bi-directional electronic program guide for linear, catch-up and OTT content"; and its AssetHouse on-demand content management system.
- Harmonic (Booth 539) says that it will be demo'ing its MediaPrism Convergence Suite for multiscreen video delivery (note: the suite features the ProStream 4000 real-time transcoder, which the company says can also be easily used for picture-in-picture generation with Microsoft Mediaroom); Microsoft Smooth Streaming to PC's and IP set-top boxes using the Harmonic StreamLiner 3000 (enables adaptive bit-rate technology to the IP set-top box); its latest compression solutions, including its new Electra 8000 encoder and ProStream 1000 with ACE technology for any-to-any transcoding applications; a network PVR solution that showcases the integration between Harmonic's time-shifted TV solution and Minerva's iTVManager; and its Direct-2-Edge cable IPTV solution for bringing IPTV services to a cable or hybrid network architecture.
- Latens (Booth 1015) says that it will be showcasing the latest version (4.1) of its ECO IPTV middleware with pre-integrated conditional access software. According to the company, ECO 4.1 features a new, customizable user interface; support for "TV Anywhere" and over-the-top-TV services, "allowing telcos to enhance and differentiate the TV viewing experience by adding online content from various sources, such as popular video-sharing platform YouTube, that consumers can then access on multiple devices in the home"; the ability for operators to "integrate Web content and add third-party applications to their IPTV services, including access to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and RSS feeds"; whole-home DVR, allowing viewers to "play, pause, rewind and fast-forward high-definition and standard-definition DVR recordings from any Latens ECO connected device in the home"; and remote DVR management capability.
- Minerva Networks says that it will be demo'ing upcoming features offered by the fourth-generation of its iTVManager IPTV platform, including network DVR (nDVR); Restart TV, which it claims will allow viewers to "join a live television program from the beginning, pause and rewind it, without any storage in the set-top box"; Pause-Live-TV, which it says will allow even subscribers without DVR's to pause, resume and fast-forward live TV programs; new "highly customizable and localizable" user interfaces which it claims allow personalization of TV services; and new social networking widgets for Facebook and Twitter. (Note: Minerva will be demo'ing iTVManager in Adtran's--739; ADB's--801; Allied Telesis'--825; Amino's--545; Advanced Media Technologies'--325; Entone's--649; and Harmonic's--539--booths.)
- SeaChange (Booth 819) says that it will demo its unified "three-screen" platform for delivering video to TV's, PC's and mobile devices. "As consumers increasingly use PC's and mobile phones to complement their primary TV viewing experience, SeaChange is helping operators follow subscribers with their content by allowing them to leave a program on one device and pick up where they left off on another," Alan Hoff, SeaChange's VP of product marketing, said in a prepared statement. "SeaChange is already delivering more than 40,000 hours of mobile video every month and supporting more than 1,500 handsets, and those numbers are rising in concert with changing consumption habits." SeaChange also plans to demo its Axiom Universal Resource Manager (billed as guaranteeing quality of service across access, aggregation and edge networks for cable, IP and wireless video delivery); and its Spot automated advertising system working with RGB Networks' Broadcast Network Processor in order to serve as a "turnkey ad insertion solution supporting MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264."