CES 2017: News Briefs I

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Here’s a snapshot of other announcements emerging from this week’s CES confab in Las Vegas:

-LG Electronics said its latest “Super” UHD LCD TVs (models SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000) feature the company’s proprietary Nano Cell technology, which aim to “render highly nuanced and accurate colors” while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles. Nano Cell LCD displays use uniformly-sized particles of about one nanometer in diameter to create accurate colors from wider angles, the company noted .The new models also support High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision as well as LG’s webOS smart TV platform.

-Nagra and Samsung said they will create a corporate body to license the TVkey, a technology introduced by the duo last year at IBC, to industry stakeholders. The licensing JV will be targeted to third-party chipset and device makers and TV and conditional access vendors. They expect to make the TVkey licensing terms and technical specs available by mid-2017. Under the initial use case, TVkey, a USB-based security platform/dongle for pay TV operators, enables consumers to sign up and pay for TV services directly via Samsung TVs. The TVkey framework is based on a Nagra-designed root of trust in TV chips that communicates security with the TVkey device.

-Celeno Communications, a maker of managed WiFi products, and Airgain, a provider of embedded antenna technologies, are collaborating on an integrated platform that brings whole-home gigabit WiFi capabilities to gateways and set-top boxes. The combo will be based on Celeno’s CL2400 802.11ac Wave 2 4x4 radio and Smart Antenna Steering tech.

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-From the in-case-you-missed it department, Opera TV, the company behind a streaming and apps platform for smart TVs and TV-connected devices, was recently acquired by Moore Frères & Company. Moore Frères bought a majority, controlling stake in Opera TV, and the deal marks the firm’s first acquisition since its launch in 2014. Aneesh Rajaram will continue to lead the business as Opera TV's CEO after the deal closes. Last year, Opera TV launched a certification program (subscription required)for an HTML5-powered apps ecosystem for smart TVs, Blu-ray players and TiVo DVRs.

-JungoTV introduced 10 foreign language channels that will be offered on Amazon Channels, Amazon’s curated OTT-SVOD offering. JungoTV’s lineup, which includes offerings in Chinese, German, Filipino, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, will start to roll out in Q1 for $7.95 per month.

 -MaxLinear said its Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) 2.0-powred MxL3707 integrated circuit is being designed into the CIG WF-802 Series HomeMesh MoCA-to-Ethernet adapter product line.CIG is an ODM vendor based in Shanghai, with U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. The MoCA 2.0 bonded specification provides up to 800 Mbps of MAC throughput.

-Irdeto said it has secured a licensing deal with Wyplay, enabling it to join more than 140 companies that are part of the Frog by Wyplay community. Through the partnership, which includes Irdeto Rights and Irdeto Cloaked CA, they said they’ll offer an integrated advanced middleware and security solution for broadcast, hybrid and OTT deployments.

-Irdeto and Tata Elxsi have partnered to provide secure, in-car display systems. The resulting system will feature Irdeto’s Cloakware for Automotive security solution, and will work with Vehicle-to-X (V2X), connected cars and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies, they said.

-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google are demonstrating a Uconnect 8.4-inch connected vehicle system featuring the Android OS inside a Chrysler 300 sedan.