CES 2016: News Briefs III

Developments on 4K, OTT, UIs, DOCSIS 3.1
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Las Vegas -- Here’s another batch of news from week’s CES tech-fest in Las Vegas. Get complete coverage of CES 2016.

-ViXS and Japan’s sMedia are teaming up to develop an Ultra HD Blu-ray player based on ViXS’s XCode 6830 SoC. They’re building it as studios such as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment gear up for title releases in the format. The ViXS XCode 6830 is a 12-bit Ultra HD HEVC chip with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HDMI 2.0a, with HDCP 2.2.

-Shout! Factory has unveiled its first slate of family-friendly movies that will be released in 4K UHD with HDR, including Journey to Space, Humpback Whales, Flight of the Butterflies, Rocky Mountain Express, Wonders of the Arctic, and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea.

-Tubi TV, a free, ad-supported OTT VOD service has inked a dealt to license content from Starz Digital that will include After Life with Liam Neeson,  Flashbacks of a Fool with Daniel Craig and Mad Money with Diane Keaton.  The deal comes on the heels of Tubi TV’s licensing agreements with MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures.  Tubi TV said it offers 40,000 titles on platforms such as web browsers, select connected TVs, the Apple TV, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices, the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

-Targeting cable’s emerging multi-gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 platform, Celeno Communications has unleashed a cable gateway reference design with STMicroelectronics that ties Celeno’s CL2440 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 technology to ST’s STiD325 (Barcelona) DOCSIS 3.1 chip. The combo will use the RDK-B framework (RDK is a software platform headed up by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global), and will integrate Celeno’s ControlAIR multiple-access point management software.

Celeno said it has also has integrated its Quicksilver 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 silicon with Intel’s DOCSIS 3.1-facing Puma 7 design, which also utilizes RDK-B. Celeno’s Quicksilver architecture includes Argus, an in-chip, dedicated RF circuitry and DSP-based engine for spectrum scanner and analyzer.

-Technicolor is collaborating with both Philips and LG Electronics on next-gen TVs that incorporate Ultra HD and HDR video and adhere to the new Ultra HD Premium specs. Early results of the combos will be shown at NAB 2016, followed by commercial deployments on silicon in late 2016.

-Aceedo said it is the UX partner for Seeso, NBCU’s just-launched subscription-based OTT comedy service that runs $3.99 per month. Working in conjunction with Comcast-owned thePlatform, the Seeso UX is powered by Aceedo’s AppGrid

-Rovi Corp. has evolved Fan TV into a modular entertainment discovery platform for service providers, developers and channel partners. Rovi, which acquired Fan TV’s tech last year for $12 million, is offering the new platform via APIs, apps and as an operating system for set-top boxes.

-Irdeto notched a deal to secure delivery of UHD movies for Vidity, a system developed by the Secure Content Storage Association that lets consumers download movies at high quality. Under the deal, Vidity will use Irdeto’s Tracemark for its authoring and preparation of digital content.

-Rohde  & Schwarz has introduced a test solution for HDR-capable consumer electronics products with HDMI 2.0a. The new module offers generator and analyzer characteristics for data rates of up to 18 Gbps, and functions introduced with the new HDMI standard, such as scrambling, the company said, adding that the module is compatible with HDMI 1.4.