Category archives for: STB

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 […]

STB market value $20bn in 2013

Global STB shipments in 2013 remained relatively stable, despite competition from other devices such as Smart TVs and Digital Media Adaptors, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting. “In 2013, the STB market trade value totalled

DTVKit announces EKT as Product Member

DTVKit, the not-for-profit organisation providing the core building blocks of a broadcast DVB stack, has announced that EKT have joined DTVKit as a member. EKT, a global STB developer and manufacturer, has been one of the first companies to deliver Set-top box solutions in the field of IPTV / OTT and Hybrid. Already in the early stages, EKT and its […]

Pace predicts strong year

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Pace used its interims to predict a strong year. The British STB manufacturer said YoY it was producing more profit on lower turnover with revenue down 13.6 per cent to $1,139 billion but gross profit up 5.4 per cent to $245.8 million. Adjusted EBITA was $106.3 million against $96.7 million last time. Profit after was up 9.3 per cent to […]

Freesat in 24,000 new homes this year

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Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014. As a result, Freesat is now available in 1.85 million households, and is watched by more than 3.85 million viewers every […]

Cryptography and Entropic licence agreement

Cryptography Research, the security division of Rambus, and Entropic, a specialist in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, signed a patent licence agreement allowing for the use of the Cryptography Research side-channel attack countermeasures in Entropic’s integrated circuits. The Cryptography Research patented technology will protect Entropic’s set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) products against differential power analysis (DPA) and related attacks. This […]

Humax launches new-look Freeview+ HD box

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Humax, the digital set-top box provider, has launched its latest Freeview+ HD box, offering a cheaper option for subscription-free access to all Freeview TV and radio channels, advanced recording features and HD channels. The Humax HDR-1800T, priced at £149.99, is available to buy from retailers including John Lewis, Tesco, Currys PC World, Argos, Euronics and a range of independents. The […]

Comcast lets subs test drive STB features

US cable operator Comcast has added a new Labs section to its X1 cable boxes, allowing TV subscribers to test-drive new features before they’re officially integrated into the product. “Gmail has always had the Gmail Labs features,” said Piers Lingle, Comcast’s VP of product development and planning during an interview, adding that his company wanted to bring the same approach […]

Broadcom powers Videocon d2h HD DVR

Semiconductor solutions specialist Broadcom has confirmed that Videocon d2h, India’s fastest growing direct-to-home satellite service provider, has selected Broadcom’s highly integrated satellite set-top box system-on-a-chip device to power its latest HD universal serial bus DVR. Broadcom’s BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoC enables Videocon d2h to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs to subscribers throughout the region while reducing design complexity, […]

STB revenue best ever in 2013

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Following a relatively flat three-year period, the global STB market managed to achieve the highest annual revenue total in its history in 2013, setting the stage for continued growth through 2015, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide digital STB shipment revenue last year totaled

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