Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Broadcom, Comcast, tru2way, Cisco, ActiveVideo, Coincident

--Broadcom Integrates Comcast's RDK and tru2way Guides into its Set-Top Platforms
--Cisco's Videoscape to Enable "Video in the Cloud" Services, via Technology Licensed from ActiveVideo
--Coincident Launches ScreenSync TV Second-Screen Broadcast-Synchronization Solution

Due to the large volume of news being generated by this week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. While the [itvt] editorial team catches up with CES news, please check out the live Twitter coverage of the show from [itvt] bloggers, Will Keller and Zachary Weiner, by following the @tswedlow Twitter feed.

  • Broadcom said Tuesday that its connected-home set-top box platforms now support the Comcast Device Software Reference Design Kit (RDK) and tru2way on-screen guides. "The Comcast RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes," Broadcom explains in its press materials. "The RDK includes the CableLabs OCAP Reference Implementation software along with other leading open source components. By incorporating Broadcom's flagship BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA 2.0 Gateway platform, developers using Comcast's RDK can create rich, multiscreen TV home entertainment experiences. Key features: 1) Broadcom's BCM7425, BCM7428, BCM7420 and BCM7125 high-performance, connected-home STB platforms feature support for Comcast's RDK and tru2way guides for existing and next-generation set-top boxes. 2) Broadcom's solutions also feature integrated DLNA and MoCA home networking technologies along with a powerful CPU, advanced audio/video decompression, rich on-screen graphics and robust security technologies. The BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding Gateway platform features dual HD decoding and dual transcoding support for streaming simultaneous video broadcast content wirelessly to multiple devices, paving the way for advanced services like video conferencing and faster channel change with Broadcom's FastRTV technology." Said Comcast's SVP of customer premises equipment and home networking, Steve Reynolds: "We are pleased to see the RDK and new tru2way guides embraced by top technology providers like Broadcom. With Broadcom's support, we look forward to delivering even more interactive, rich and personalized entertainment experiences in the home."


  • Cisco said Tuesday that its Videoscape platform (which it bills as combining digital TV and online video content with social media and communications applications) will now enable new "video in the cloud" services. The new cloud capabilities are powered by technology licensed from ActiveVideo Networks, Multichannel News's Todd Spangler reports. Cisco also said Tuesday that Canada's Rogers Communications, Israel's YES and France's Numericable are using Videoscape to deliver new video services. "At CES 2012 this week, Cisco is unveiling several new Videoscape products that will power 'video in the cloud' experiences for consumers, offering a consistent look-and-feel across devices, no matter where they are," the company states in its press materials. "With this new technology, service providers can offer complete 'Any Screen TV' capabilities that deliver live video and on-demand video experiences not only to PC's and Macs, but also across iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. More content is being

stored in the cloud rather than on home devices. Service providers are evaluating ways to send live linear (traditional) and cloud-based, on-demand programming channels to a range of managed and unmanaged IP devices in and out of the home. These include IP set-top boxes, personal computers (PC's), laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, smartphones and Internet-connected TV's. Videoscape is uniquely designed as an open software-based platform that provides a migration path to an all IP-based video infrastructure, with cloud, network and client components working together to allow video experiences to move, pause and resume across all of these devices. A) New client technologies: 1) Videoscape Multiscreen Gateway family. The Cisco 9800 Series is the first in a new family of multiscreen gateway products. Featuring six tuners that allow consumers to watch and record six video streams at once, it delivers live, recorded and on-demand content--including standard, high-definition and 3DTV--to multiple screens within the home via traditional quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM)-based set-tops and pure IP set-tops. It is also a flexible platform that can support cable, wireless and satellite service provider needs. 2) Videoscape Voyager Vantage is a software platform, connecting set-tops to the cloud, that gives service providers what they need to deploy rich user interfaces and EPG's, provide extensive video-on-demand catalogs, and integrate new applications for social media, Internet video, content sharing and more. B) New Videoscape Cloud components (built on the Cisco Unified Cloud Services platform) include: 1) Videoscape Voyager Virtual--A new cloud-rendered user interface that delivers IP video to legacy MPEG-2 set-top boxes and helps to enable new social media applications, ecommerce, gaming, cloud-driven electronic programming guides (EPG's), video placeshifting and remote user interfaces. 2) Cisco Conductor backoffice technology (for QAM Video) allows service providers to roll out differentiated video services faster and more efficiently through comprehensive video control plane and service management capabilities across networks and devices. 3) The Cisco Media Processor and Transcode Manager advance service providers' capabilities to deliver video content to second and third screens through expanded video format support such as adaptive bit rate (ABR) technologies (that optimize delivery of services to each screen for the best possible quality of experience). 4) Videoscape Content Delivery Network (CDN) Analytics deliver advanced reporting so that service providers can gather and view more in-depth information from their Cisco Content Delivery System (CDS) or third-party CDN deployment, and analyze network performance in real time."

  • Interactive video technology provider, Coincident, has launched ScreenSync TV, which it bills as "a proprietary new technology that enables video providers such as cable companies, broadcast networks, content partners and technology companies to engage television viewers in an experience on a tablet that is complimentary to, and synchronized with, a television show they are watching. The ScreenSync TV technology makes it possible for companies to build deeply interactive viewing experiences such as offering bonus videos and photo galleries, serving up relevant games and quizzes and sparking comments and conversation via popular social networks," the company's press materials continue. "Additionally, businesses can generate revenues by delivering more engaging advertisements or offering viewers the ability to shop for things they see on the show. ScreenSync TV is unique in that it offers direct, synchronized control between a tablet and television set, allowing users to avoid the often problematic automatic content recognition feature embedded within competitive products in the marketplace. The solution provides enormous advantages to content owners, increasing viewer engagement, time spent viewing and transactions. For TV viewers, ScreenSync TV offers unprecedented access to contextual information as well as the ability to navigate through video experiences and always return to where they left off in their television show." Coincident is demo'ing the new solution at CES in a private suite at the Aria.
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