Category archives for: Home Network

Samsung buys SmartThings smart home start-up

Samsung is buying SmartThings,  a startup backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that helps connect household devices. Samsung joins Apple and Google in exploring ways to integrate connected household gadgets to begin to exploit the “Internet of Things.” The TechCrunch blog reported Samsung was set to pay more than $200 million for the two-year-old startup of 55 employees, which has […]

SmartLabs joins RDK Community

SmartLabs has joined the Reference Design Kit (RDK) community alongside other global CPE vendors and operators. SmartLabs has licensed the RDK to further advance its hybrid and IP interactive TV solutions. The RDK will integrate with the SmartLabs advanced user interface, SmartTUBE UI, and the latest DVB IP hybrid set top boxes, SML-482 HEVC Hybrid and SML-582 HEVC Hybrid, to […]

RDK: The Real Thing?

RDK was ‘invented’ in America and is now expanding internationally with more service providers and vendors signing up. Is it the answer for a standardised approach to interactive and multiscreen service development? Will it deliver on increased innovation and speed to market? Or is it a one-size fits all approach to suit the biggest operators; will it squeeze SME suppliers […]

Millennials more likely to use home networks for media

According to a report from The Diffusion Group (TDG), 74 per cent of Millennials that use a home network describe their use as either equally or primarily media-oriented, a rate that decreases linearly with age. The research notes

ARRIS powers fibre-deep delivery; adds CPE

IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS is launching a range of new solutions to help global providers meet the growing need for delivering fibre deeper into networks, while reducing cost, space and operational complexity. It is also unveiling five new CPE solutions at ANGA COM for European cable operators to transform broadband and video delivery in the home. According […]

NAGRA DRM approved for home network streaming

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA has confirmed that its DRM technology, NAGRA MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM), has been approved by the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA) for the retransmission (streaming) of premium DTCP-IP content, enabling service providers to deploy home networking solutions that meet the strictest security requirements and enforce applicable business rules. NAGRA MediaAccess PRM […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tech majors form smart home consortium

ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG have announced they intend to set up a consortium to provide a software platform for smart homes. The companies have now signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect. The plan is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. Under the memorandum, the parties intend to develop an open architecture for data exchange. The software […]

nVoy Certification for hybrid home networking

Establishing the certification regime for hybrid home networking is a major step forward for the nVoy programme. The test house has been selected, and the certification test plan has been verified against several silicon platforms to validate product interoperability. nVoy Certification is now primed to take hybrid networking to the next phase of growth. By providing a common communication protocol, […]

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