CableLabs will bring its CableNET technology showcase to the 2012 Cable Show for the 20th time, providing a broad smorgasbord of demos highlighting the industry's latest innovations.
On deck for this year's CableNET at the show, set to run May 21-23 in Boston, are multiscreen video apps and solutions, intelligent gateways, advanced-advertising systems and power-efficient set-top boxes.
The CableNET exhibit, presented by CableLabs in association with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, will feature 34 companies exhibiting a range of technology solutions.
"Once again, CableNET promises to introduce and illuminate cutting-edge technologies that show tremendous promise for advancing cable-powered services, products and applications," CableLabs president and CEO Paul Liao said.
CableLabs will reprise the CableNext Showcase in the exhibit area, will a wall showing off cable operators' latest offerings that deliver TV programming to consumer electronics devices, including tablets and smart TVs.
The R&D consortium also will have an area demonstrating the CableLabs - Energy Labs solutions that can put set-tops into a "light sleep" mode to use as much as 30% less power than conventional devices. Several major U.S. MSOs expect to debut "light sleep" set-tops later in 2012. The energy-efficiency showcase also will include a demo of Comcast's Xfinity Home service, which lets subscribers control thermostat settings and lights in their home, and low-power digital transport adapters.
"CableNET is its meant to highlight emerging technologies but what's interesting is they're not only emerging -- they're becoming more real," Liao said.
Liao also called out an "augmented reality" demo that CableLabs is staging with San Francisco-based Metaio. Users hold up a smartphone or tablet, and the Metaio app provides additional information about an object in the viewfinder. "It's an example of a partnership we've developed through our Silicon Valley office," which opened last year, Liao said.
CableLabs is currently scouting for a new CEO, having enlisted a Silicon Valley executive recruiting firm for the search. Liao told the consortium he would not seek to renew his contract, which expires in December 2012.
The 11,400-square-foot exhibit will be situated next to NCTA's Imagine Park showcase, which will feature live presentations, demos and other events. CableLabs issued a request for proposals to vendors to participate; a fee is required to be part of the CableNET exhibit.
"CableNET shines the spotlight on emerging technologies that represent the cable industry's pioneering vision to deliver an unparalleled communications and entertainment experience," NCTA president and CEO Michael Powell said in a statement. "It's a compelling affirmation of our industry's penchant for innovation and a must-see showcase for all who attend The Cable Show."
The 2012 CableNET exhibit will include a total of 39 demonstrations featured across four themed areas: gateways, advertising, multiple screens and a catch-all category dubbed "innovation in action."
Here are the participating vendors, along with a description of their demos:
• Access Systems Americas: DLNA solution for multiscreen media sharing with OpenCable integration
• Alticast: Digital interactive ecosystem for TV operators
• CableLabs: Demo of Comcast's Reference Design Kit, which includes CableLabs' OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) reference implementation software and other open-source components
• Ceton: Home entertainment gateway, media center extender and hospitality network solution
• Humax USA: Solutions including IP gateways, client set-top boxes and over-the-top platforms
• Nagra-Kudelski: Gateway that enables IP devices access to broadcast services over existing network/home gateway infrastructure
• BlackArrow: Dynamic placement and ad-insertion decisioning across multiple screens
• Guavus: Analytics platform for supporting business decision-making
• Nagra-OpenTV: Dynamic addressable ad insertion in broadcast and DVR content
• Visible World: Web-based campaign management application for targeted TV advertising
• Civolution: Watermarking of content for antipiracy and time-synchronized content
• Dyyno: TV Everywhere and Android set-top box solution
• Irdeto: Solutions for securely managing/distributing personal media content to connected devices
• Minerva Networks: Migration path alternatives for IP-centric pay TV platforms
• UXP Systems: Multiscreen interaction platform unifying user experiences across services
• Zodiac Interactive: HTML5 platform and social media suite with content recognition
‘Innovation in Action'
• Affinegy: Software for activation of secure home networks, device discovery and connection
• Amdocs: Wholesale Wi-Fi offering enabling commercial customers to become virtual Wi-Fi network operators
• Aurora Networks: Unified IP optical network access platform supporting Ethernet PON, point-to-point Ethernet and Gigabit PON; Node QAM module enabling mix of services within the same QAM channel
• Cisco Systems: Wi-Fi technology showcase
• Enseo: Delivery of HD content to hospitality and healthcare market
• Esri: Commercial and backhaul service location qualification
• Front Porch: Mobile browser messaging in Wi-Fi networks for branding, discovery
• IPgallery: HTML5 cloud-based voice, video and data application with social networking/content-sharing
• Jinni: Next-generation video navigation and personalized discovery
• Neustar: Solution for enabling text messaging to network-connected devices other than mobile phones
• S3 Group: Solutions for lifecycle management of digital TV receiver devices
• S&T Technologies: Enterprise monitoring and analysis for OpenCable, EBIF and Common Download deployments
• Sandvine: Business intelligence for understanding traffic forces driving network consumption/peak capacity requirements
• SiliconDust: OpenCable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR) DLNA TV Tuner with DTCP-IP
• Tektronix: Video quality monitoring and error detection/diagnosis for H.264 video streams
• ThinkAnalytics: Content recommendation and search platform providing personalization
• Wipro: Pre-paid broadband service for reducing billing, support costs in lower-yield environments
• Ubee Interactive: Interactive gateway enabling applications for multiple devices