Monday, December 8, 2014

The Cloud is on the Horizon

Everyone is rightly talking about the Cloud and its potential as top-tier MSOs are already using it to offer cutting-edge network DVR services – and this is just the tip-of-the-iceberg.

Alticast recognizes that the Cloud could dramatically change not only how MSOs deliver services, but also enable them to enhance their existing services and deliver new ones.

You can learn more about the potential of the Cloud in a recent Multichannel News article written by our own Susan Crouse.

Clouds are on cable’s horizon and it’s a good thing.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Alticast Partners With Videotron To Provide An Enhanced Multi-Room Experience

Videotron and Alticast continue their partnership to help advance Videotron’s successful 
illico TV service

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – December 1, 2014 – Alticast, a global partner for the delivery of media entertainment, today announced that it played a significant role in helping the Canadian cable television giant Videotron rollout its next generation of set-top boxes (STB) that enable its subscribers to simultaneously record up to eight different programs. 

Videotron’s new X8 multi-room HD PVR is the latest example of the company’s commitment to continually enhancing its advanced illico interactive TV service and to providing its more than 1.7 million subscribers with the latest live, on-demand and interactive services delivered to multiple devices in the home.

Alticast’s team of veteran engineers was responsible for developing much of the critical software for the X8’s multi-room PVR capabilities and interactive applications.  The development, integration and test teams worked closely with Videotron and its STB suppliers to ensure that the X8 performs flawlessly and seamlessly with Videotron’s back-office systems.

“Keeping our illico service at the cutting-edge of entertainment delivery is a strategic imperative, so we turned to Alticast to leverage their expertise in the industry to help us bring our new X8 set-top box to market quickly,” said Marie-Ginette Lepage, Vice President, Marketing-Content and Broadcasting.   “Offering our subscribers the very best multi-screen TV experience with continued innovation is our goal, and our new X8 set-top is one of the keys to ensuring that we meet this goal.”

“Videotron has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and with their new X8 set-top box it is clear that they are committed to keeping their illico interactive TV service on the leading edge of innovation,” said John Carlucci, CTO, Alticast US.  “This project not only demonstrates Videotron’s commitment to its subscribers, it demonstrates the capabilities of our engineers and their ability to solve operators’ most demanding software development needs.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

The End of the CableCARD

Written by John Carlucci, Alticast US CTO

From time to time, we reflect on the end of CableCard...
The US House of Representatives passed legislation that will sunset the CableCard generating separable security requirement over two years. In September, legislation was introduced into the Senate that allows for a working group to investigate a substitute that would stimulate creation of “competitive devices”.  Bill S.2799 ( suggests a “software-based downloadable security system”.  The charter for the working group is shown below. 

  • (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission shall convene a working group of technical experts representing a wide-range of stakeholders, to identify, report, and recommend performance objectives, technical capabilities, and technical standards of a not unduly burdensome, uniform, and technology- and platform-neutral software-based downloadable security system designed to promote the competitive availability of navigation devices in furtherance of section 629 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 549).