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Broadcom, OpenTV team on next-gen STB platforms

Posted: 11 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STB? DTV? digital content?

Broadcom Corp. and OpenTV Corp. announced they are collaborating to drive next generation cable, satellite, IP and terrestrial-based STB products with advanced features and capabilities that enhance the end-user viewing experience.

OpenTV, a provider of solutions for the delivery of advanced DTV and cross-platform interactive services, together with Broadcom, will enable best in class set-top box products for a wide selection of high performance, high definition (HD) and standard definition AVC/VC-1 platforms. This includes video processing and smooth personal video recording (PVR) trick modes to enable a more enhanced user experience.

The OpenTV Core2 STB middleware has the ability to route multiple sources of media streams to multiple destinations. With integrated support for advanced personal video recorders, the middleware enables more flexible PVR functionality. The software also enables such features as program guides, video-on-demand, interactive and addressable advertising, IPTV, participation television, games and gaming, and a variety of consumer care and communications applications.

To address current OpenTV Core2 and next generation OpenTV solutions, Broadcom and OpenTV will collaborate to launch platforms for digital content that consumers, broadcasters, operators and device manufacturers can adopt. Broadcom has the advanced technologies and mature drivers required to assist OpenTV with their vision for advanced STB, PVR and interactive services.

"With its advanced, integrated STB silicon solutions with 3D capabilities, Broadcom's partnership will help OpenTV's customers deploy services with innovative, advanced user interfaces," said Tracy Geist, senior VP of market development for OpenTV. "Our ongoing relationship with Broadcom demonstrates a commitment to quickly and cost-effectively deploy advanced digital television features and functionality that operators need to provide differentiated services."

"We're pleased with the growth of our relationship with OpenTV and feel that their vision of advanced user interfaces for television aligns well with our product development roadmaps," said John Gleiter, senior director of marketing for Broadcom's STB line of business. "A complete team effort has already begun with OpenTV that will allow both companies to enable the next generation products that will enhance the end user experience in the areas of broadcast video, video-on-demand and personal video recording."

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