Cable Show 2013: Technology on Tap

Multiscreen Video, the RDK, Downloadable Security, CCAP Demos Will Feature Prominently on the Floor
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Washington  -- A variety of technology vendors will be displaying new products, services and apps at their booths at The Cable Show. Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap this week for cable’s geek set:  

SeaChange International (Booth 3509) will demonstrate multiscreen software designed to blend traditional TV services with over-the-top content. The company will feature its multiscreen Nitro software, which is powered by the SeaChange Adrenalin video backoffice. SeaChange will also show off Infusion, its multiscreen advanced advertising platform, and its Nucleus Soft Box gateway and applications framework. SeaChange will also feature integrations that enable cable operators to deliver cloud-based video streaming to iPads and other IP-connected devices, and to deliver VOD services to OTT streaming players.

Itaas (ES-31) will showcase a range of integration, testing and support system for the Comcast-led Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software platform for IP-capable set-tops, gateways and other video devices. Itaas, which licensed the RDK last May, will demonstrate a home network using the RDK with a media gateway connected to an IP client box and controlled by a tablet. The vendor’s RDK demo will be based on its Hardware Development Platform, a standalone test platform for RDK applications without requiring a costly headend system. Elsewhere, itaas will show the Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome app running on an IP-connected TV.

Video-software specialist Alticast (Booth 1803) will offer a range of demos targeted to cable’s IP video transition, including multiscreen apps based on HTML5, AltiProtect, a downloadable and exchangeable downloadable conditional access system viewed as a potential successor to the CableCard, and several IP set-tops running the RDK and featuring Alticast’s Application Framework.

Arris (Booth 2433) will show off the E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER), a device that will handle both DOCSIS downstream channels and QAM video channels from a single F-connector. The E6000 is Arris’s candidate for a fully-integrated Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), a superdense archtiecure that combines the functions of the edge QAM and the cable modem termination system (CMTS).

Cisco Systems (Booth 1819) will showcase Videoscape Unity, an IP-capable multiscreen video platform for MSOs and other cable operators, and spotlight the Videoscape Unity Open Application Program Interface Framework, a system that enables Cisco to integrate Videoscape with third-party vendors. Among booth demos, Cisco will offer a look at higher-capacity modules for its flagship CMTS, the uBR10012 and RF Gateway-10 universal edge QAM – two components that Cisco is tying together to represent its “modular” approach to CCAP.

RGB Networks (Booth 1724) will highlight its line of “Multiscreen 2.0” gear and software, designed to help cable operators deliver premium live an on-demand IP video services to multiple screens, while ensuring that they are monetizing that content using ad insertion. The company’s current 2.0 lineup is comprised of the Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) Gen 2 carrier-class transcoding platform, which doubles the density of the company’s original VMG, and its Ad Insertion for Multiscreen (AIM) platform. The vendor will also feature its TransAct Packager, a real-time packager for streams delivers via cloud DVR and VOD applications.

Intraway (Booth 1725) will demonstrate how operators can bring real-time policy control and customer experience management capabilities to their legacy provisioning systems. Products on tap will include automatic firmware management and cable modem and embedded-multimedia terminal adapter  (E-MTA) fraud and cloning prevention. 

NetCracker Technology (Booth 2015) will show off its operations and billing solutions systems tailored for cable operators. Company senior director of solutions architecture Brad Stockdell will join the CIO.IT Competition Solutions on Stage/Cloud + SOA session on Tuesday from 2 p.m.-3 p.m., where he will discuss how MSOs are transforming their business services systems and operational support systems to support online video.

Zenverge, a chipmaker that specializes in video transcoding, will show off a multiscreen hybrid gateway solutions and real-time HD HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) content networking at its setup at the nearby Embassy Suites. Fueled by Zenverge’s ZN200 chipset, the demo will show gateways and IP stream products that can allow up to four devices to access video content simultaneously. Among recent wins, Zenverge’s chip is providing video transcoding capabilities to the Arris Media Gateway MG2402, a device that is based on the Comcast  Reference Design Kit (RDK), the TiVo Steram, and the Motorola (now Arris) VMS platform for Verizon Communications’ Media Server VM21100.

ThinkAnalytics will demonstrate its personalized content recommendations engine for set-tops and connected devices at its booth (3525) and at The Observatory, an exhibit that is serving as the centerpiece of this year’s show floor.  At the latter, ThinkAnalytics’ platform will be featured in Cox’s demo of a recently updated version of its Trio set-top guide that can set personal recommendations for up to eight users in a household.