Monday, March 16, 2015

DSTAC


In  January, Charter Communications announced the selection of two device suppliers for its "World Box" STB that support downloadable conditional access. Progress is also being made on the government policy level with the initiation of Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee or DSTAC. A Second FCC meeting is coming up on March 24, 2015 (assuming no winter storm). The objective for the meeting is shown below.

From FCC web site:



"In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this notice advises interested persons that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC or Commission) Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC) will hold a meeting on March 24, 2015. At the meeting, the Current Commercial Requirements Working Group and the Technology and Preferred Architectures Working Group will present their findings, the Advisory Committee will consider establishing more working groups, and the committee will discuss any other topics related to the DSTAC's work that may arise."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Alticast Shows Cable Operators how to use the RDK to Deliver New, Multiscreen Services at Cable Congress 2015


Alticast Demonstrates its Comprehensive RDK-based Solutions and Services

Amsterdam – March 4, 2015 – Alticast, a global partner for the delivery of media entertainment, will show European cable operators attending the upcoming Cable Congress trade show how to take advantage of the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to deliver new services.  The demonstrations will take place throughout the show (March 11-13) at The Square conference center in Brussels, Belgium at stand 17.

“Now that the RDK supports the popular European Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard it is far more applicable to the European cable market and Cable Congress is the ideal venue for us to demonstrate the potential of the RDK to operators throughout the continent,” said Tiaan Schutte, Alticast’s President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).   “As one of the first vendors to get behind the RDK effort, Alticast has built a tremendous amount of experience with the RDK and our comprehensive suite of RDK-based tools and services can enable European cable operators and cable equipment vendors to take maximum advantage of the RDK.”

Alticast’s key Cable Congress 2015 demonstrations will include:

·          Alticast’s RDK solutions which include modular and customizable Application Framework building blocks (TVRUA) and User Interface components (AltiView) that support standard industry interfaces (HbbTV, OIPF, HTML5/CSS, Java Script/DLNA). These optional solutions enable operators to supplement or fulfill the operator platform with all of the components necessary for a robust and versatile RDK solution.

·          Alticast’s collaborative development environment for RDK code integration is a Cloud-based solution that enables system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors, open software providers, multi-system operator (MSOs) and system integrators to utilize a single workflow and release structure for RDK code development.

·          Alticast’s Cloud UI application provides a thin client/server model for delivering the user experience to all devices in the home. This architecture reduces demands on the STB processor and memory by pre-processing the UI in the Cloud, enabling cable operators to use ‘thin client’ STBs.  Operators can take advantage of Alticast’s Cloud UI to deploy new user experiences (UX) much quicker. It also provides the opportunity to present a variety of UX in a household, for example a child-based, a sports or a movie experience.


Media and other parties interested in meeting with Alticast executives at Cable Congress 2015 should contact alticast@mobilitypr.com to schedule a time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What Operators Need to Know about RDK Development


When Comcast began introducing the Reference Design Kit (RDK) to MSOs, it was mostly the United States market that actively considered it for next generation set-top box (STB) software, but as things progressed, cable operators from around the world began evaluating the RDK as well, hopeful that it would provide the right set of features. 

Click here to read more of this article, written by Alticast's own Mark Johnson:

http://www.cedmagazine.com/articles/2015/02/what-operators-need-to-know-about-rdk-development

Monday, February 23, 2015

Alticast Shows Service Providers how to Simplify the Delivery of New, Multiscreen Services at CABSAT 2015


Alticast Demonstrates Latest Solutions at MENA’s Leading Service Provider Conference

Dubai – February 23, 2015 – Alticast, a global partner for the delivery of media entertainment, will demonstrate how its latest solutions enable satellite, cable, terrestrial and telecommunications providers to simplify the development and delivery of innovative, personalized, multiscreen video experiences at the upcoming CABSAT 2015 show (March 10-12) at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, in stand A7-30, Hall 6.

“Service providers throughout the Middle East are striving to offer their subscribers new compelling viewing experiences and CABSAT 2015 is the perfect venue for Alticast to introduce itself to the MENA market and to demonstrate how our advanced solutions enable them to meet their goals while containing costs,” said Tiaan Schutte, Alticast’s President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).  “Our solutions overcome the inherent complexity of multiscreen video delivery to truly simplify the deployment of new features, enabling service providers to focus on innovating the viewing experience for their subscribers.”

Alticast’s key CABSAT 2015 demonstrations will include:

·          AltiView 2™, Alticast’s advanced user experience (UX) dynamically presents the UI based on subscribers past viewing behavior and leverages real-time viewing statistics from the total viewing base to highlight trending content. This approach maximizes content discovery while minimizing user interaction, thereby driving content consumption while embracing the traditional lean-back TV viewing experience.

·          Alticast’s Cloud UI application provides a thin client/server model for delivering the user experience to all devices in the home. This architecture reduces demands on the STB processor and memory by pre-processing the UI in the Cloud, enabling cable operators to use ‘thin client’ STBs.  Operators can take advantage of Alticast’s Cloud UI to deploy new user experiences (UX) much quicker. It also provides the opportunity to present a variety of UX in a household, for example a child-based, a sports or a movie experience.

·          Alticast staff will also brief attendees on an end-to-end solution that is comprised of the AltiView 1 fully featured UX, AltiPlatform™ market proven middleware, AltiProtect™ integrated content security and AltiPlex Cloud Services Platform which performs all the ‘heavy-lifting’ for delivering a robust user UX. This package is easily operator branded and includes a broad set of features to select for extending a variety of services to the subscriber.


Media and other parties interested in meeting with Alticast executives at CABSAT 2015 should contact alticast@mobilitypr.com to schedule a time.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Latest on Life After CableCARD


With the obligation to use the CableCARD security scheme now a thing of the past, the question is: what will replace it? This is the question examined in an article from Light Reading, “Who will own cable’s Content Security?.”
Alticast CTO and President, John Carlucci, was interviewed for this article, which gives insight into the issues with replacing CableCARD with downloadable security for set-top boxes and where the future lies. The FCC are in the process of creating  an advisory board to look into alternative security options and this article is well worth reading by anyone interested in life after CableCARD.