Plug-and-Play Showcase Featured In CableNET® at The 2006 National Show
DCAS and 120 Mbps Download also on display
Louisville, Colorado, March 27, 2006—CableLabs® announced today that a two-way plug-and-play advanced technology showcase will be a centerpiece of the CableNET® exhibit, a highlight of The 2006 National Show, the annual convention and international exhibition of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), April 9–11 at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
The unprecedented plug-and-play display is a collection of demonstrations of the latest OpenCable™ technology using integrated digital devices and set tops that are displaying advanced interactive services.
The 14th annual CableNET display has nearly 50 broadband demonstrations of technologies which cable operators may soon be deploying to consumers. CableNET is a technology showcase that is co-sponsored by CableLabs and the NCTA, and offers a hands-on experience with many of the most exciting content, services, and applications.
Designed as an educational forum, CableNET enables attendees to see and discuss leading-edge technologies and applications. Among this year's highlights are downloadable conditional access system (DCAS™), 120 megabit-per-second download speeds, broadband wireless, OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP™)-based interactive exhibits including a demonstration of Enhanced TV; and advanced PacketCable™ 2.0-based technologies. Among the demonstrating companies at this year's CableNET are Samsung and Panasonic, as well as the AFI (American Film Institute) Digital Content Lab and its development partners; and the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), which will display advanced multimedia services.
The 7,800-square-foot CableNET exhibit will feature technology demonstrations by companies from a wide variety of industries supporting the cable industry, including services and applications that cable companies will deliver to their customers via cable's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) telecommunications networks.
Historically, CableNET has provided attendees a first glimpse of many nascent, leading-edge technologies and applications. Those included early views of the cable industry's Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS®) platform; high-definition televisions, two-way, OCAP-based devices, and early displays of interactive services and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).
“CableNET continues to provide a unique environment in which to understand the industry's technology—and service—future,” said Dr. Richard R. Green, CableLabs President and CEO. “This year's version will be the most advanced yet in terms of displaying cutting-edge technologies which serve to underscore cable's competitive lead in the broadband industry.”
“CableNET's technology showcase provides a visionary glimpse into the exciting consumer services that are made possible by this industry's $100 billion fiber optic investment,” said Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, NCTA. “This exhibit is a great way to see many of the advanced video, voice and high-speed Internet services that cable can deliver to our customers.”
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About The NCTA
The NCTA is the principal trade association for the cable industry, representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access after investing $100 billion over ten years to build out a two-way interactive network with fiber optic technology.
The list of demonstrations and brief descriptions follows:
- Advanced Digital Broadcast, Inc., will demonstrate fully-functional, high-definition/MPEG-4-AVC decoders running OCAP™-based I16 with various applications: a guide, games, utilities, and real-time weather and traffic.
- AgileTV Corporation/Promptu—AgileTV's Promptu allows cable subscribers to easily search through television listings, the interactive program guide, the complete video on demand (VOD) catalog and recorded digital video recorder (DVR) titles using simple voice commands.
- Alticast Corp. will showcase its interactive television (iTV) solutions and applications that are targeted for the US OCAP™ market, including set-top boxes from Pace and Samsung that are embedded with the Alticast OCAP-based middleware.
- The AFI Digital Content Lab (AFI DCL) incubates new forms of content on digital platforms from idea to audience, bringing together content creators with design and technology innovators to create smart, market-targeted programming for digital platforms. The AFI DCL is joined by Maven Networks, a comprehensive video publishing management and delivery platform for broadband video channels, and is currently building an application in the AFI DCL for National Geographic Channel.
- ATI Technologies Inc., will demonstrate an advanced, high-definition Digital-Cable Ready television reference design based on OpenCable™, which incorporates a single-chip solution using Xilleon 240.
- Auspice's Voice Service Manager software monitors, correlates, and analyzes alarms, events, and outages from all elements of PacketCable™ VoIP infrastructure in real-time to give a precise picture of services, trends, and root cause of problems.
- BitRouter will demonstrate its DCRpak turnkey software for Digital Cable Ready television sets and its BRH-300 a test and demo digital-cable headend which supports CableCARD™-based technology.
- CableMatrix Technologies, a provider of policy management solutions, will exhibit a multitude of PacketCable™ Multimedia (PCMM)-based applications including video streaming, quality of service (QoS)-enhanced Slingbox, accelerated photo uploads, and bandwidth on demand.
- Cauldron Solutions, LLC, will showcase the Entitlement Platform (EP) and the On Demand Workflow Manager (ODWM), focused on two applications: Digital Program Insertion (DPI) for advertising and quality of service (QoS) delivery.
- Clique Communications, LLC, will demonstrate how dynamic ensured playback (a process that ensures optimal video call quality), ImageIQ (an algorithm that delivers higher image quality) and CRUSH (a methodology that guarantees firewall traversal) will enable delivery of video postcards, video e-mail and video blogging.
- Comverse will be demonstrating TV personalization in a converged nature: both over mobile phones and using the TV remote control. The services are: Personal electronic program guide over the phone; personalized television reminders; networked personal video recorder; and programs invitations. Implementations of all of the services are based on Internet Protocol (IP)/Internet Protocol multimedia systems (IMS) technologies and architecture.
- Ellacoya Networks will demonstrate how its system can dynamically activate quality of service (QoS) for session initiation protocol (SIP) based applications, as well as for non-SIP applications using the QoS interface being specified in the 2.0 release of PacketCable™. Release 2.0 of the PacketCable architecture is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and will provide cable operators with the ability to provide a wide range of converged voice, data, and video applications to consumers.
- Enhanced Television Demonstration—Standards for Enhanced Television (interactive television applications) have been developed by cable operators under the auspices of CableLabs. This enhanced television demonstration presents ETV applications that are tr4iggered off a linear broadcast program, including the ability to launch a VOD session while tuned to a cable channel. Participants include ABC Disney, CableLabs, Motorola, SeaChange, Softel USA, TVWorks, and UniSoft.
- Entropic Communications will demonstrate a complete Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) home- entertainment network connecting multiple video and data appliances across a 100 Mbps home-coax backbone.
- ExtendMedia will showcase OpenCASE, a modular, end-to-end solution for the creation, distribution, and operation of digital content services across a multitude of distribution networks and consumer devices.
- Grass Valley, A Thomson Company (formerly Thales Broadcast & Multimedia), will exhibit the CORAL OCAP™-based server, a reference platform to create, manage, and optimize OCAP-based carousels.
- HANA (High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance) will show a “no new wires” high-definition home network with secure-connected devices, content, and services all accessed via a single-television remote and cable.
- Juniper Networks, Inc., in conjunction with Ellacoya Networks, will demonstrate an intelligent, tiered-application bundling solution for cable operators.
- Level 3 Communications, LLC presents proprietary tools that automate processes and enable management by cable operators of voice services. By leveraging Level 3's unique tools across service activation, order management, and network management processes, cable operators can gain operational efficiencies that enhance their customers' experience.
- Lucent Technologies' IP multimedia solutions enable cable operators to offer blended services including video conferencing, mobile multimedia, caller ID on television and more; leveraging converged video, data, voice and wireless technologies.
- Microsoft Corporation presents Microsoft® TV Foundation Edition, a client/server software platform for delivering advanced TV and interactive services over digital cable networks. An innovative software platform designed specifically for today's cable architecture.
- MoCA will show the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) home entertainment network standard in conjunction with member company Entropic Communications, by connecting multiple set-top devices and streaming 100 Mbps over the in-home coax.
- Motorola Connected Home Solutions will showcase a DOCSIS® 3.0-based channel-bonding implementation, which bonds together 4 downstream channels and delivers over 120 Mbps of downstream data services from a Motorola BSR 64000 cable modem termination system (CMTS) to a Motorola SB6100 cable modem. Motorola also will demonstrate downloadable conditional access (DCAS) wherein heterogeneous network compatibility is achieved.Each set-top box implements a secure processor into which a conditional access system (CAS) “kernel” is downloaded via DOCSIS®-based, digital set-top gateway (DSG).
- NDS will exhibit an OCAP™-based MediaHighway middleware ported to a Thomson all-digital platform with third-party applications. The demonstration showcases co-habitation of OCAP-based unbound applications including DIGEO Moxi™ OCAP-based enhanced program guide (EPG) with OCAP-based bound applications.
- Narad Networks will demonstrate network equipment and software that provides 100 Mbps data service to the home with 5-msec latency. It is fed by 10Gbps symmetric capacity-per-fiber.
- Navic Networks will exhibit interactive technologies such as targeted advertising, enhanced television programming, and video on demand (VOD) telescoping.
- Nortel Networks will highlight the power of IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) solutions, providing services to devices independent of the network. In addition, it will demonstrate the capability to access local content from anywhere.
- Nuera Communications, Inc., will show its ORCA BTX-4K, a PacketCable™-certified media gateway that connects a cable operator's IP network to the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
- OpenTV will exhibit its end-to-end, enhanced advertising solution, based on the enhanced television (ETV)-binary interchange format (BIF). This demonstration will consist of three key components: enhanced ad trigger insertion, enhanced ad asset creation and management, and enhanced ad playout.
- OpVista, Inc., will demonstrate Intelligent Optical Transport™ System, with its ultra-dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) and scalable reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM). The OpVista2000 enables bandwidth for triple-play and business services.
- PerfTech, Inc. lets providers communicate directly to browsing subscribers without loading client-based software. It is designed for the insertion of advertising, promotions, subscriber-care messaging, spam abuse control, and more.
- RealNetworks presents Helix OnlineTV for Broadband, an end-to-end system for delivering operator-branded rich-video DOCSIS®-based services to PCs and connected home-networking devices.
- Samsung will exhibit an OCAP™ 1.0 56" DLP HDTV; an OpenCable™-based high-definition (HD)-digital video recorder (DVR); an OpenCable-based host 2.0 high definition set-top box, which features OCAP™-based 1.0 middleware, an embedded DOCSIS® 2.0-based cable modem; a downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) set-top box; and Wi-Fi and IP video phones that enable advanced digital voice and video applications.
- Sandvine Incorporated's PacketCable™ Multimedia (PCMM)-based architecture combines subscriber- and application-awareness to enhance quality of experience. Sandvine will demonstrate Voice-over-IP (VoIP) protection, quantitative quality measurements for VoIP, and real-time communication with subscribers.
- Softel-USA will show the MediaSphere TX carousel outputting OCAP™-based applications and the MediaSphere Lab for prototyping and testing OCAP-based and enhanced television (ETV)-based applications, set-top boxes, etc.
- UniSoft Corp. will exhibit S&T's TSBroadcaster OCAP™-based encoder and object carousel generator. TSBroadcaster is a headend server which automatically encodes and plays-out OCAP-based and enhanced television (ETV)-based applications according to a defined schedule.
- Synacor, Inc. provides technology to cable operators supporting the delivery of portals, online subscription services, and music, movie, and game transactions. Synacor enables cable operators to bundle, provision, support and bill for these services as part of a single-rate code.
- Two-Way Plug-and-Play Showcase—CableLabs OpenCable project has developed a complete plug-and-play, two-way interactive digital-cable-ready solution for retail manufacturers. Devices in this demonstration are running a common OCAP application platform so that interactive program guides and other applications can operate on different digital devices without rewriting applications. Participants include Samsung, Scientific-Atlanta, Panasonic, Time Warner Cable and GuideWorks.
- Ventego Networks Ltd.'s UniCell controller is a complete quad-play “solution-in-a-box.” By adding UniCell to a PacketCable™-based network, cable operators can commence deployment of mobility services immediately, without having to rely on other network elements to resolve difficult challenges like seamless mobility, subscriber identification module (SIM)-based authentication, and mobile-handset compatibility.