Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alticast Sponsors the RDK Training Summit at CableLabs

Alticast partnered with CableLabs and RDK this past week by sponsoring the RDK Training Summit at the CableLabs headquarters in Louisville, CO. The three-day event offered training sessions introducing the RDK Architecture, Yocto build system and to provide a deeper insight into the individual RDK components. The event was a mix of lectures, demonstrations and interactive exercises to familiarize the attendees with building, developing, debugging and testing of the RDK platform.

Alticast's role in the conference was sponsoring the opening night evening cocktail session. Our RDK Product Manager, Mark Johnson, demo'd our technology using the RDK platform during the cocktail hour. He also presented, along with Bumjoon Kim, Integrating RDK with back-end subsystems & Application Framework, during the Wednesday afternoon session.

Up next for our team is attending the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, CO on August 2-4. We will be demonstrating our Cloud Services Platform, RDK-IoT, and DRM, Android Application Framework. If you are attending and would like to meet with our team, please email us at to reserve a time.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Improving content security for 4K and UHD - Industry execs weigh in

In a recent e-brief written by FierceCable, Alticast's SVP of Technology and chief architect, Bill Helms, weighs in on the topic of UHD content security for 4K and UHD. Find out why AES-128 is the industry's baseline for securing this content and why is isn't foolproof. Also, be sure to read how one of our customer's, CJ Heliovision, used our AltiProtect™ UHD to ensure secure delivery of their UHD programming.

To download the e-brief, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Set-Top Box: Cable’s IoT Secret Weapon

We’ve been long-time fans of the IoT (Internet of Things) and the opportunities it presents for cable operators, and based on articles from FierceCable and Engadget – which reference a white paper by our own Susan Crouse – it looks like others are starting to take notice.

Most consumers use set-top boxes to control their TV viewing experience, but what about other devices? With this gateway device already in place, cable operators can easily offer services that connect everything from your dishwasher and your thermostat to your security cameras.

Rather than downloading a new smartphone app to manually control each IoT device in one’s home, cable boxes could well provide a connected landscape where IoT devices can talk to one another without human interaction. This solution will revolutionize the smart home, further setting cable operators apart from competition who don’t offer an IoT hub.

These articles echo what we’ve known all along: that cable boxes will become the singular hub to connect the smart home.

Image via Engadget

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Alticast Drives Case for Cloud As Pace of Rollouts Intensifies" (ScreenPlays Magazine)

John Carlucci, President and CTO of Alticast's U.S. office, took time at the INTX 2015 show in Chicago last month to talk with ScreenPlay's Fred Dawson about the emerging acceptance of the Cloud in the industry and Alticast's role in helping their customers roll out this technology for an integrated user experience across multiple devices.

To watch John's interview, please click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alticast's European Team wraps up ANGA COM 2015 with some key takeaways

ANGA Com 2015 has come to a close with 17,000 participants from 74 countries visiting over 450 vendor booths! From broadband to content, ANGA COM was brimming with new information leading to great excitement for the industry's future.

At Alticast’s booth, we featured demonstrations of our AltiPlex Cloud UI Platform, AltiView1, and Alticast Application Framework for both RDK and Android. 

Alticast's EMEA President, Tiann Schutte, attends a customer meeting in the Alticast booth at ANGA COM.
Even though customer visits to the booth and demonstrating Alticast's developments took up most of our time, we were able to tour the trade floor and attend some very interesting conference sessions. Some key take-away highlights from this year's show were:

   Multiscreen is now a defacto part of any TV offering and is no longer seen as a complementary feature. In fact, recent market research showed that 65% of U.S. mobile video viewers watch TV and phone videos at the same time.
   The rise of VOD is happening. Many Pay TV operators in Europe are gearing up their OTT services to be able to compete with Netflix; thus, resulting in great choice of services for consumers.
   The repackaging of linear content into catch-up, start-over, and nPVR is becoming a key Pay TV service offering. This is driven by the consumer’s insatiable demand for content at any time. It also is a key differentiator between TV operators and OTT providers.
    Cloud continues to be a big theme. The Cloud's elements of cost-benefits, streamlining operations and improved customer experience are the drivers in this discussion. The Alticast Cloud UI demo was the most popular demo on the stand as operators investigate ways to virtualize the STB and deliver competitive and compelling user experiences.

Perhaps Michael Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global summarized the “takeaways” of the show best in one of the conference sessions,  The deciding factor is not the content, but the user experience! It’s all about the app."

Julia Mooney, EMEA's Director of Product Management, welcomes a customer to the booth.