Rovi and SeaChange to Demonstrate Combined Cloud Guide and RDK Gateway to Simplify Operators’ Access to Next Generation Services
Rovi TotalGuide and SeaChange Nucleus Gateway Demonstration Showcases Flexible Design of Both Software Platforms
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and ACTON, Mass., 6/10/2013 - This week at The Cable Show, Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) are demonstrating an integrated guide and gateway built to the industry standard reference design kit (RDK) specification. By aligning Rovi TotalGuide™ with the SeaChange Nucleus™ Soft Box, the companies are demonstrating a solution that incorporates an HTML guide rendered by a WebKit browser that could be rapidly deployed in RDK-based gateways and set-top boxes, independent of the set-top hardware manufacturer.
RDK is an open-source, standardized specification set to promote the compatibility of different technology components as they are being developed for next-generation cable and IP-enabled gateways and set-tops. The standard has been adopted by major cable operators to shorten the development and go-to-market cycle for cable equipment.
“At Rovi, we’re committed to making it as easy as possible for customers to roll out new products to the market,” said Thierry Lehartel, VP of product management for guides at Rovi. “At The Cable Show, we are demonstrating the flexibility of TotalGuide to adopt innovative new industry standards and work with applications such as SeaChange’s Nucleus Soft Box to enable the deployment of advanced new applications and experiences into the home.”
“Operators will thrive on a flexible software platform that’s totally unconstrained by hardware decisions,” said Shiva Patibanda, General Manager, In-Home Business, SeaChange. “SeaChange’s Nucleus software for media gateways and IP clients utilizes the standardization around RDK while innovating in ways that allow operators to radically enhance subscriber experiences throughout the home. By aligning with Rovi's TotalGuide, we can enable operators to deliver integrated home media experiences.”
The demonstration of Rovi’s TotalGuide and SeaChange’s Nucleus products together will show a software solution that could deliver:
• an advanced user experience that enables subscribers to quickly see what’s on their favorite channels; search; and browse by program, celebrities, cast and credits across video service offerings – from linear and on-demand to DVR;
• a scalable multi-screen solution that enables whole home and in-home streaming to mobile devices;
• a gateway that lets operators’ branded experiences reach every device at home with media sharing, DVR and other capabilities; and
• the ability for operators to quickly launch new subscriber services from the open application marketplace.
SeaChange’s Nucleus Soft Box is an open gateway and application framework supporting a variety of apps, content services and guides, and putting operators’ branded experiences on every video device at home. The flexible software works with a number of device types and configurations, including multi-tuner hybrid gateways supporting QAM and IP-delivered video, lightweight IP clients, and local- or cloud-based operations for DVR and search and recommendation services.
Rovi TotalGuide solution is an advanced media guide that offers a “six degrees” discovery experience, showcasing entertainment content with Rovi’s powerful entertainment database, with in-depth information on TV shows, movies and celebrities. Rovi’s technology includes sophisticated search and advanced recommendation features. TotalGuide is deployable on the set-top box, tablets, smart phones and TVs.
The companies are demonstrating the integrated Nucleus Soft Box and TotalGuide in booths 3007 (Rovi) and 3509 (SeaChange) at The Cable Show through June 13 in Washington, D.C.
Comcast Unveils New Cloud-Based TV Guide, Set-Top Box
By Alex Sherman - Jun 11, 2013 4:18 PM ET
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), the largest U.S. cable provider, said its new X2 TV guide will be available to customers later this year, as it seeks to offer a more interactive service similar to online video platforms. The guide is cloud-based and builds on the current X1 interface, which the Philadelphia-based company introduced last year. The interface segments content into new categories including live listings, kids, movies, sports and recommended programming to help users find the shows they want, Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said today at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association Cable Show in Washington.
Brian Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer of Comcast Corp., holds an XI3 cable box, that will run on the X2 platform, during a presentation at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2013.
“We’ve refocused X1 to make it faster for consumers to get what they want,” Roberts said. “The home screen is simple, beautiful and elegant.”
While X2 is a software update, Comcast also debuted a new set-top box and a remote control with voice technology which allows users to find movies, actors and TV shows by pushing a button and speaking commands. Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the second-biggest U.S. cable company, which said yesterday it will begin testing a cloud-based video guide, are trying to retain customers by improving search functionality to match the service of online platforms like Netflix Inc. (NFLX)
Comcast’s new X2 software will also include recommended Web videos for the first time and a new Comcast mobile application will allow customers to shift online video from their devices to the TV screen. Comcast hasn’t decided on the pace of the X2 rollout or when it will begin, Roberts said.
“By taking most of the brains out of the box and putting it into the cloud, we’re able to innovate at a pace and with elegance that we’ve never had before,” Roberts said.
Sounds like good news as Rovi and Comcast are partners in this and have been working on it for some time...
Comcast and Rovi Take TV To The Cloud
By Donna Howell
Mon., June 20, '11 4:15 PM ET
Tags: Cable TV - TV Everywhere - Xfinity - Rovi - Comcast
Better television search and viewing options inched closer to the living room with announcements out of the Cable Show in Chicago last week. Both cable company Comcast (CMCSA) and cable-satellite industry partner Rovi (ROVI) said they’ve got cloud-based delivery services for TV programming under way.
Cable and satellite TV service providers can use this kind of system to let viewers watch their shows on Apple (AAPL) iPads and other tablets, mobile phones or PCs. But a cloud delivery system is also now enhancing what’s available on traditional TVs, in the Xfinity TV project by Comcast and its thePlatform unit, which also works with other cable industry players.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the service, which is currently in trials in Augusta, Ga.
“We’re watching ESPN television — you can pull up our guide ... it’s all happening in the cloud,” he said in the demo in front of a TV set. “I can see what’s on all television ... jump over to on-demand and you’ll begin to see a whole different feel (to the guide), more like from Web-based services and iPads — but it’s happening on your TV right now.”
With this Xfinity service the cable television signal is delivered the traditional way but its interaction with slick-graphics program guides and features, like on-demand movie listings and what’s been recorded on the DVR, is handled via the Internet cloud.
“What the cloud allows you to do is be able to have faster innovation — to take all the brains of the guide, the search, the personalization, the recommendations — and pull it out of the cable box,” Roberts said. “Boxes have different generations, they become quickly outdated — that doesn’t happen in the cloud.”