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Philips's Nexperia STB powers Sky Brazil's hybrid IPTV

Posted: 21 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Philips? Nexperia STB810 STB? NextVision? Sky Brazil?

Royal Philips Electronics announced that its Nexperia STB810 STB semiconductor solution, in combination with software from NextVision, has been selected to power Sky Brazil's first offering of dual digital broadcast/Internet protocol (IP) TV services. By delivering both satellite television and IP video-on-demand in a highly integrated hybrid design, Sky Brazil will be able to offer consumers a simple, unified experience through a single set-top box. With more than 970,000 subscribers, Sky Brazil is the number one provider of satellite television in Brazil.

Analyst firm In-Stat has estimated that the market for IP/DSL set-top boxes will exceed seven million units and more than $700 million in annual revenue in 2008, reflecting increased demand for advanced applications and video delivered over IP.

"With a rapidly growing subscriber base and increasing demand in Brazil for advanced features like IP video to compliment our satellite TV service, we have seized an opportunity to deliver a truly simple and exciting experience of both technologies to our customers," said Ricardo Miranda, president, Sky Brazil.

"While the availability and growth of IP video is an important development for the industry, the key innovation in the set-top box space is enabling consumers to experience all of the content they want to enjoy, whether it's delivered over the air, via satellite, cable or IP, together through a single interface," said Mark Samuel, general manager, Telco & Operator STB, Philips Semiconductors.

NextVision's Regina software platform is written in the highly portable .NET framework for greater flexibility, with rapid, easy customization and branding by service providers. Other key advantages of the platform include: both TV and PC interface; Web browser interface; subscriber-level transaction capturing; support for streaming or downloadable video-on-demand; IP based content protection with encryption; and full DVR functionality.

"As more and more digital and interactive features are integrated into the television, the ability of software to tie these capabilities together in a consistent, intuitive way for consumers is integral to driving actual adoption of new services," said Marcos Galassi, president, NextVision.

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