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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 [...]

Live TV trumps other modes

Findings from research led by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (Ipsos OTX) polling 15,551 adults in 20 countries suggests that most (86 per cent ) global respondents who watch TV indicate they usually watch TV programming ‘live, although other popular modes of watching are catching on such as streaming or downloading from a computer (27 per cent ), streaming from the [...]

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 [...]

Australia embraces new screens


The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2013, shows robust viewing of broadcast television on in-home TVs. Australians are spending more time watching conventional television than they did a year ago and are also using Internet-connected devices to complement their viewing of TV and other video. An estimated 40 per cent of homes now have tablets [...]

StarHub partners with Samsung, Nagra for STBs

StarHub has announced a strategic partnership with global technology giant Samsung Electronics digital media technology specialist Nagra for its line-up of next-generation set-top boxes in Singapore. The first of three to be rolled out – the Samsung HD Interactive set-top box will be available to all StarHub TV customers from April 15th. The two others will include an all-in-one box [...]

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 [...]

New Apple TV box?

Apple is working on a new set-top box besides its existing Apple TV, according to filing documents. A regulatory filing made by Comcast and Time Warner Cable to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pitching their planned merger specifically mentions that Apple is exploring the “development of an Apple set-top box”. Apple has long been rumoured to update its Apple [...]

More Roku owners than Apple TV owners use OTT

Parks Associates has published consumer research showing more Roku owners than Apple TV owners use an OTT service. The firm’s Streaming CE and Content Purchasing Habits finds 86 per cent of Roku owners compared to 77 per cent of Apple TV owners use a subscription OTT service of any kind. Seventy-five per cent of Roku owners use Netflix, while 63 [...]

Technicolor reaches 300m CPEs milestone

Technicolor shipped its 300 millionth CPEs (Customer Premises Equipments), consisting primarily of digital STBs and broadband gateways, in 2013, with more than 60 million featuring carrier grade Wi-Fi. Technicolor shipped its first digital set top boxes to DirecTV in 1994. In 2013, Technicolor shipped 32.5 million CPEs to its diversified customer base around the world. After seven quarters of organic [...]

ABOX42 3rd generation IPTV STB

ABOX42, a provider of IPTV & OTT DVB Smart STBs and services, announces the availability of its new 3rd generation IPTV Smart STB Solution. The new software solution for the ABOX42 M-Series Smart STBs allows operators and system integrators to quickly built modern and advanced IPTV solutions. The 1st generation IPTV was mainly used in DVB STBs with native DVB [...]

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