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Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

ARRIS acquires SeaWell Networks

In a move that further strengthens its IP delivery capabilities, IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS is to acquire multiscreen video delivery solutions provider SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition comes one year after ARRIS acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home division. ARRIS is integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies and talent into its Network and Cloud [...]

Intel’s ‘Internet of Things’ division up 32%

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The Internet of Things is taking off, and how, for chip-maker Intel. The recently formed division saw growth of 32 per cent compared with the same period last year, mostly based on use of its low-cost ‘Atom’ chip, and where volume sales “nearly doubled” in y-o-y. The news came during Intel’s Q1 analyst call, where CEO Brian Krzanch reported that [...]

TWC launches RDK-based IP STB

Time Warner Cable has revealed the development of its first IP set-top box integrating the Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform. TWC is working with digital STB specialist Humax to create the IP-based set-top box that features its next generation cloud navigator. The cloud navigator consists of the company’s new HTML 5 cloud-based navigation guide and provides customers a better, more [...]

Smart home connected appliances to exceed 10m by 2017

A report from Juniper Research forecasts that the installed base of connected appliances in Smart Homes will beat the 10 million mark by 2017, rising from 4 million in 2013. The report found that consumer awareness of connected appliances, such as smart fridges and washing machines was gradually increasing, but that such devices are not widely considered to represent attractive [...]

Home Network penetration to surpass 33%

Worldwide home network penetration is expected to climb from 24.8 per cent in 2013 to 33.2 per cent by 2018. Growth is driven by the continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video services. What is seen as commonplace in mature markets, including server provided broadband routers with integrated Wi-Fi access points and leveraging fixed broadband connections to [...]

Professional video market grows 52%

Culminating a dramatic six-year period of growth, the global market for professional broadcast equipment and services reached $63 billion in 2013, up 52 per cent from $41 billion in 2007, according to findings from the IHS Technology Professional Video Research practice. The rapid growth has been driven by a significant rise in shipments of customer-premises equipment (CPE) fuelled by the [...]

Google Chromecast selling well

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Reports from European retailers show that Google’s streaming stick has been selling well since it launched two weeks ago. Some say that the device has generated demand that compares to Apple’s iPad. Google hasn’t released any firm Chromecast sales numbers, but some of the retailers that Google has been partnering with have been a bit more open. Dixons Retail, owner [...]

Akamai accelerates content availability with Aspera

Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, and Aspera, an IBM company and creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, have announced a new high-speed option for Akamai customers to accelerate upload and distribution of rich media content on the Akamai Intelligent Platform. [...]

HGI, BBF talk device template for smart home

HGI and Broadband Forum (BBF) will discuss, during a Smart Home Task Force meeting of HGI, recommendations for a universal template which will facilitate interworking between home devices and smart home applications. The universal template is a component of a logical abstraction layer that is used to provide smart home services to broadband consumers. The aim of the abstraction layer [...]

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