At last week’s DVB World 2012 conference in Rome, Mediaset’s Marco Pellegrinato laid out the plans for Italy’s OTT services using the GEM standard:
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Two years after its launch, the Italian free-to-air platform TivùSat has over one million homes connected. The platform runs on MHP.
TivùSat, backed by RAI, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media, has precisely 1,037,061 active cards. Its Eutelsat Hot Bird delivered service offers 60 television channels and 38 radio stations. The most recent additions are Mediaset Extra and Mediaset Italia 2.
Although free-to-air, a decoder is still required, the signals being encrypted through Nagra conditional access. You can find more details on the set-top boxes on the TivuSat website.
Source: Broadband TV News
Canal Digital is to introduce a new mid-market receiver in all four of its territories from September 1. The new ADB TRN 5720SX features a twin satellite tuner, IP connectivity, and the option of a USB DTT tuner to bring in terrestrial transmissions. It has been specially adapted for Canal Digital with the addition of iPad and iPhone connectivity.
Originally announced last December, it runs on a Linux-based open platform the box features the ADB Carbo ’3D’ interface and, perhaps surprisingly, MHP. Rafal Dulski, general manager, satellite business unit, ADB said there remained an interest in MHP. “It’s a mature solution and you can’t go wrong,” he said.
ADB has successfully implemented MHP in other markets, but its star is beginning to wane in favour of HbbTV. The Nordig organisation, which decides on which standards should be adopted in the Nordic countries, is said to be actively considering the hybrid technology.
The ADB launch comes ahead of Canal Digital’s previously announced plans for a TiVo product. Patrick Hofbauer, CEO & SVP Canal Digital AS, said the new addition remained a part of the satcaster’s plans and would be aimed at a higher market segment. “TiVo has a longer product timeline and is a much more advanced product, so ADB will come now and TiVo later.”
Canal Digital’s new receiver will include access to Canal Digital Go, the new on demand portal launched earlier this year, and which already has access to around 500 movies.
Source: Broadband TV News
Advanced Digital Broadcast (www.adbglobal.com), a leading supplier of technology to the global digital television industry, has announced that Indonesia-based First Media Tbk, will use ADB’s products and solutions to deploy the country’s first high-definition pay-TV service.
The deal marks ADB’s entry into the vast Indonesian market, where pay-TV is gaining popularity. ADB’s devices will enable subscribers to enjoy not only high-definition TV, but also video-on-demand, interactivity, and a wide range of value-added features.
The set-top boxes are also packaged with the multimedia home platform (MHP) middleware, a DVB open-standard software, which helps operators achieve minimal total cost of ownership and expedited service deployment. MHP conforms to a set of open standards and thus keeps operators from being “locked in” to a particular vendor if they want to add new applications to their software stack. At the same time, MHP is a Java- and HTML-based language, accessible to millions of developers who are well equipped to build applications for the set-top box. This offers an environment for rapid and cost-effective application development.
Source and full story: PR Newswire
Cablelabs’ Tru2way specification is bound for a strong deployment in 2011 as US cable operators are ordering Tru2way hardware. Tru2way is based on the DVB-GEM standard and DVB members NDS and Aliticast are expected to profit from this increased DVB-GEM activity in the US market.
Source:Broadcasting & Cable