Product News 7-29-10

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Jul 29th, 2010
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Editor's Note: You have one last chance to prove your products are Diamond worthy! The 2010 Diamond Technology Reviews applications deadline has been extended until tomorrow Friday, July 30! This is the FINAL deadline so please download your application today!



HITS Launches Centralized Headend Management Service



HITS, a business unit of the Comcast Media Center (www.comcastmediacenter.com), has announced HITS Central, a centralized headend management solution for cable operators. HITS Central is designed to allow cable operators to deploy a wide array of CPE without operating multiple conditional access (CA) management systems.



The CMC recently entered a relationship with Evolution Digital (www.evolutionbb.com). The relationship enables HITS Central to support Evolution's SD and HD digital-to-analog (DTA) converters as well as devices using CableCARDs with Conax (www.conax.com) DVB-CA encryption systems. HITS Central affiliates will also be able to deploy devices that use different encryption technologies.



Campus Televideo (www.campustelevideo.com), the nation's leading provider of private cable TV services to college and university campuses, will be the first cable operator to deploy HITS Central services using Evolution Digital HD DTAs with integrated Conax conditional access on its cable plant. Beginning with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, Campus Televideo will offer low-cost HD video services using Evolution HD DTAs to universities looking for a subscription-based solution.





Motorola Launches Hosted SDV



The Mobile Devices and Home business of Motorola (www.motorola.com) has announced that its SDV portfolio will now be available to independent video operators as a hosted solution operated from Motorola's Secure Operations Center in San Diego. The hosted SDV solution is intended to enable independent operators to achieve the same bandwidth efficiencies from SDV as their larger MSO counterparts who have onsite SDV operations.



Moto's hosted SDV utilizes the same core components as a traditional SDV architecture. It's designed to facilitate the launch of advanced revenue-generating services such as HDTV, VOD, and future bandwidth consuming services such as 3DTV and interactiveTV applications.



Independent video operators will realize additional benefits from the hosted solution through Motorola's extensive support services. Motorola's customer deployment teams apply rigorous methodology and proven best practices to all aspects of the solution implementation to ensure a smooth SDV deployment.



Wowza Offers Unified Media Server



Wowza Media Systems' (www.wowzamedia.com) Media Server 2 is a high-performance Java engine that simultaneously delivers content from a single set of live or on-demand H.264 video or AAC/MP3 audio streams to multiple clients and devices, eliminating the need for specialized, client-specific encoders. The unified media server is designed to deliver content to any player or device, including Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and IPTV set-top boxes, as well as video-friendly mobile devices like Android and Blackberry phones, and Apple iPhone and iPad. Wowza Media Server 2 makes it easy and affordable to deliver a high volume of audio and video content over IP networks, either public or private, to desktop/laptop computers (Web TV), mobile phones/tablets (mobile TV), or IP set-top boxes (IPTV). As a single-server platform, Wowza Media Server 2 also simplifies personnel training and operation.





Draka Debuts Self-Supporting Fiber Cable



Draka Communications Americas (www.draka.com/communications) has announced an addition to its All-Dielectric Self Support (ADSS) product line. Branded as Draka Ultra Light ADSS, the new ADSS fiber cable is designed as a lighter weight, smaller diameter, more cost effective design for use in short pole-to-pole span distances.



Available up to 30 fibers, it can reach maximum span distances of 430 feet in NESC Light weather loading. It is fully compliant and tested to industry requirements such as IEEE1222, RUS 7 CFR 1755, ICEA640 and Telcordia GR20. In addition to aerial self support requirements, Ultra Light ADSS is fully compliant with standard all-dielectric duct cable applications. Ultra Light ADSS is available with factory tested support hardware.



UltraLight ADSS cable is available with Draka's line of optical fibers such as Enhanced Single-Mode Fiber, bend insensitive single-mode fibers, long distance fibers, and multimode fibers.





ruwido Offers Enhanced Remote



Austrian remote control specialist ruwido (www.ruwido.com) has announced the launch of an updated model of its "tau" remote control that features a new capacitive sensor area for greater navigation functionality and improved ease of use. The enhanced model's touch cursor is designed to enable the user to navigate on-screen menus, change channel and adjust volume simply by swiping a finger across the surface of the device. LED lights provide visual feedback for accurate use.



The new model also features a USB connection that can be used to recharge the integrated battery and enables future software and database upgrades to be downloaded to the device.





OmniBus Intros All-in-One Production System



OmniBus Systems (www.omnibus.tv) is announcing and demonstrating its iTX Enterprise Suite at IBC2010. The single integrated system is designed to embrace the entire production process from ingest, through media management, workflow management and asset management, to automation and playout, with multi-platform output to SD/HD/3D TV, radio, the Internet, and mobile TV.



The iTX Enterprise Suite is an IT-based, open-standards system that integrates ingest and media management, workflow management, asset management, and advanced schedule management. It supports a mixed frame rate environment (PAL, NTSC, HD, 60, 25, 30, 24 and any future frame rate) and can be configured for multi-domain operation. It includes a security model for service provider confidentiality between customers, and features the new OmniBus G4 customizable desktop environment, as well as the rich media SmartClient interface for Macs and PCs in a lightweight browser environment, for access from any Web-enabled computer.



Editor's Note: You have one last chance to prove your products are Diamond worthy! The 2010 Diamond Technology Reviews applications deadline has been extended until tomorrow Friday, July 30! This is the FINAL deadline so please download your application today!

HITS Launches Centralized Headend Management Service

HITS, a business unit of the Comcast Media Center (www.comcastmediacenter.com), has announced HITS Central, a centralized headend management solution for cable operators. HITS Central is designed to allow cable operators to deploy a wide array of CPE without operating multiple conditional access (CA) management systems.

The CMC recently entered a relationship with Evolution Digital (www.evolutionbb.com). The relationship enables HITS Central to support Evolution's SD and HD digital-to-analog (DTA) converters as well as devices using CableCARDs with Conax (www.conax.com) DVB-CA encryption systems. HITS Central affiliates will also be able to deploy devices that use different encryption technologies.

Campus Televideo (www.campustelevideo.com), the nation's leading provider of private cable TV services to college and university campuses, will be the first cable operator to deploy HITS Central services using Evolution Digital HD DTAs with integrated Conax conditional access on its cable plant. Beginning with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, Campus Televideo will offer low-cost HD video services using Evolution HD DTAs to universities looking for a subscription-based solution.

Motorola Launches Hosted SDV

The Mobile Devices and Home business of Motorola (www.motorola.com) has announced that its SDV portfolio will now be available to independent video operators as a hosted solution operated from Motorola's Secure Operations Center in San Diego. The hosted SDV solution is intended to enable independent operators to achieve the same bandwidth efficiencies from SDV as their larger MSO counterparts who have onsite SDV operations.

Moto's hosted SDV utilizes the same core components as a traditional SDV architecture. It's designed to facilitate the launch of advanced revenue-generating services such as HDTV, VOD, and future bandwidth consuming services such as 3DTV and interactiveTV applications.

Independent video operators will realize additional benefits from the hosted solution through Motorola's extensive support services. Motorola's customer deployment teams apply rigorous methodology and proven best practices to all aspects of the solution implementation to ensure a smooth SDV deployment.

Wowza Offers Unified Media Server

Wowza Media Systems' (www.wowzamedia.com) Media Server 2 is a high-performance Java engine that simultaneously delivers content from a single set of live or on-demand H.264 video or AAC/MP3 audio streams to multiple clients and devices, eliminating the need for specialized, client-specific encoders. The unified media server is designed to deliver content to any player or device, including Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and IPTV set-top boxes, as well as video-friendly mobile devices like Android and Blackberry phones, and Apple iPhone and iPad. Wowza Media Server 2 makes it easy and affordable to deliver a high volume of audio and video content over IP networks, either public or private, to desktop/laptop computers (Web TV), mobile phones/tablets (mobile TV), or IP set-top boxes (IPTV). As a single-server platform, Wowza Media Server 2 also simplifies personnel training and operation.

Draka Debuts Self-Supporting Fiber Cable

Draka Communications Americas (www.draka.com/communications) has announced an addition to its All-Dielectric Self Support (ADSS) product line. Branded as Draka Ultra Light ADSS, the new ADSS fiber cable is designed as a lighter weight, smaller diameter, more cost effective design for use in short pole-to-pole span distances.

Available up to 30 fibers, it can reach maximum span distances of 430 feet in NESC Light weather loading. It is fully compliant and tested to industry requirements such as IEEE1222, RUS 7 CFR 1755, ICEA640 and Telcordia GR20. In addition to aerial self support requirements, Ultra Light ADSS is fully compliant with standard all-dielectric duct cable applications. Ultra Light ADSS is available with factory tested support hardware.

UltraLight ADSS cable is available with Draka's line of optical fibers such as Enhanced Single-Mode Fiber, bend insensitive single-mode fibers, long distance fibers, and multimode fibers.

ruwido Offers Enhanced Remote

Austrian remote control specialist ruwido (www.ruwido.com) has announced the launch of an updated model of its "tau" remote control that features a new capacitive sensor area for greater navigation functionality and improved ease of use. The enhanced model's touch cursor is designed to enable the user to navigate on-screen menus, change channel and adjust volume simply by swiping a finger across the surface of the device. LED lights provide visual feedback for accurate use.

The new model also features a USB connection that can be used to recharge the integrated battery and enables future software and database upgrades to be downloaded to the device.

OmniBus Intros All-in-One Production System

OmniBus Systems (www.omnibus.tv) is announcing and demonstrating its iTX Enterprise Suite at IBC2010. The single integrated system is designed to embrace the entire production process from ingest, through media management, workflow management and asset management, to automation and playout, with multi-platform output to SD/HD/3D TV, radio, the Internet, and mobile TV.

The iTX Enterprise Suite is an IT-based, open-standards system that integrates ingest and media management, workflow management, asset management, and advanced schedule management. It supports a mixed frame rate environment (PAL, NTSC, HD, 60, 25, 30, 24 and any future frame rate) and can be configured for multi-domain operation. It includes a security model for service provider confidentiality between customers, and features the new OmniBus G4 customizable desktop environment, as well as the rich media SmartClient interface for Macs and PCs in a lightweight browser environment, for access from any Web-enabled computer.

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