Cable Show 2010: Liberty Global Plans IP Home Gateway

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International cable operator Liberty Global has tapped Samsung, Intel, NDS and Nagravision to build an all-IP multimedia home gateway for its European markets that will provide live TV, on-demand video, Internet content, widgets and telephony features.

Liberty Global's multimedia home gateway is scheduled for deployment in Europe, starting in the first half of 2011.

The gateway will be capable of distributing video, voice and data content throughout the home and to multiple video displays. The user interface -- to be developed by NDS -- will be based on Adobe Systems' Flash platform and feature advanced search and a recommendation engine.

"This revolutionary platform will provide LGI's customers in Europe with a groundbreaking new product that has long been anticipated but never delivered: a seamless, intuitive way for people to access their live, time-shifted, on-demand, and Web-based content on the television," Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said in a statement. "Consumers everywhere are increasingly demanding smart, elegant and simple tools to navigate, share and enjoy their video content. Together with our partners, we are making this experience a reality for our customers."

Samsung will build the multimedia home gateway, which will be powered by Intel's Atom CE Media Processor. The middleware and the user experience will be provided by NDS, while Nagravision will provide the conditional-access solution. The gateway will support Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and Wi-Fi, as well as the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) media-sharing specification.

As of the end of March, Liberty Global had 18 million customers across 14 countries, principally located in Europe, Chile and Australia. Liberty Global's operations also include programming businesses such as Chellomedia in Europe.

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