Plug-and-Play Showcase Featured in CableNET(R) at The 2006 National Show; DCAS and 120 Mbps Download Also on Display.LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- CableLabs(R) announced today that a two-way plug-and-play advanced technology showcase will be a centerpiece of the CableNET(R) exhibit, a highlight of The 2006 National Show, the annual convention and international exhibition of National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA NCTA National Cable & Telecommunications Association (fka National Cable Television Association)
NCTA National Cable Television Association (now the National Cable & Telecommunications Association) ), April 9-11 at The Georgia World Congress Center The Georgia World Congress Center or GWCC is the major convention center in Atlanta. It is the fourth-largest convention center in the United States at 1.4 million ft2 (130,000 m2) and hosts more than a million visitors each year. in Atlanta.
The unprecedented plug-and-play display is a collection of demonstrations of the latest OpenCable(TM) technology using integrated digital devices and set tops that are displaying advanced interactive services.
The 14th annual CableNET display has nearly 50 broadband demonstrations of technologies which cable operators may soon be deploying to consumers. CableNET is a technology showcase that is co-sponsored by CableLabs and NCTA, and offers a hands-on experience with many of the most exciting content, services, and applications.
Designed as an educational forum, CableNET enables attendees to see and discuss leading-edge technologies and applications. Among this year's highlights are downloadable conditional access system This article contains information about a scheduled or expected .
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DCAS Downloadable Conditional Access System (digital television)
DCAS Defense Contract Administration Services (DLA) (TM)), 120 megabit per second A megabit per second (abbreviated as Mbit/s, Mbps, or mbps) is a unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000,000 bits per second. Because there are 8 bits in a byte, a transfer speed of 8 megabits per second (8 Mbps) is equivalent to 1,000,000 bytes download speeds, broadband wireless, OpenCable Applications Platform (OCAP OCAP Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (Canada)
OCAP Open Cable Application Platform (middleware software specification)
OCAP Out of Control Action Plan (TM))-based interactive exhibits including a demonstration of Enhanced TV; and advanced PacketCable(TM) 2.0-based technologies. Among the demonstrating companies at this year's CableNET are Samsung and Panasonic, as well as The AFI (American Film Institute American Film Institute (AFI), nonprofit organization established in Washington, D.C., in 1967 by the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve and catalog American films and television, to provide work grants for new and established filmmakers, and to increase ) Digital Content Lab and its development partners; and the Multimedia over Coax Alliance The Multimedia over Coax Alliance develops specifications for home networking over in-home coaxial cable, which is commonly used for antenna connections to TVs and radios, and cable TV. (MoCA) which will display advanced multimedia services.
The 7,800-square-foot CableNET exhibit will feature technology demonstrations by companies from a wide variety of industries supporting the cable industry, including services and applications that cable companies will deliver to their customers via cable's hybrid fiber/coax (HFC 1. (networking) HFC - Hybrid Fiber Coax.
2. (hardware) HFC - hydrofluorocarbon. ) telecommunications networks.
Historically, CableNET has provided attendees a first glimpse of many nascent, leading edge technologies and applications. Those included early views of the cable industry's Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (communications, networking) Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification - (DOCSIS) ITU-approved interface requirements for cable modems involved in high-speed data distribution over a cable television network. (DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) A cable modem standard from the CableLabs research consortium (www.cablelabs.com), which provides equipment certification for interoperability. (R)) platform; high definition televisions, two-way, OCAP-based devices, and early displays of interactive services and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).
"CableNET continues to provide a unique environment in which to understand the industry's technology -- and service -- future," said Dr. Richard R. Green, CableLabs President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "This year's version will be the most advanced yet in terms of displaying cutting-edge technologies which serve to underscore cable's competitive lead in the broadband industry."
"CableNET's technology showcase provides a visionary glimpse into the exciting consumer services that are made possible by this industry's $100 billion fiber optic investment," said Kyle McSlarrow, President and CEO, NCTA. "This exhibit is a great way to see many of the advanced video, voice and high-speed Internet services that cable can deliver to our customers."
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NCTA is the principal trade association for the cable industry, representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access after investing $100 billion over ten years to build out a two-way interactive network with fiber optic technology.
The list of demonstrations and brief descriptions follows:
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AgileTV Corporation/Promptu -- AgileTV's Promptu allows cable subscribers to easily search through television listings, the interactive program guide, the complete video on demand (VOD) catalog and recorded digital video recorder See DVR. (DVR) titles using simple voice commands.
Alticast Corp. will showcase its interactive television (iTV) solutions and applications that are targeted for the US OCAP(TM) market, including set-top boxes from Pace and Samsung that are embedded with the Alticast OCAP-based middleware.
The AFI Digital Content Lab (AFI DCL) incubates new forms of content on digital platforms from idea to audience, bringing together content creators with design and technology innovators to create smart, market-targeted programming for digital platforms. The AFI DCL is joined by Maven Networks, a comprehensive video publishing management and delivery platform for broadband video channels, and is currently building an application in the AFI DCL for National Geographic Channel
ATI Technologies Inc., will demonstrate an advanced, high-definition Digital-Cable Ready television reference design based on OpenCable(TM), which incorporates a single-chip solution using Xilleon 240.
Auspice's Voice Service Manager software monitors, correlates, and analyzes alarms, events, and outages from all elements of PacketCable(TM) VoIP infrastructure in real-time to give a precise picture of services, trends, and root cause of problems.
BitRouter will demonstrate its DCRpak turnkey software for Digital Cable Ready See CableCARD. television sets and its BRH-300, a test and demo digital-cable headend which supports CableCARD(TM)-based technology.
CableMatrix Technologies, a provider of policy management solutions, will exhibit a multitude of PacketCable(TM) Multimedia (PCMM PCMM People Capability Maturity Model
PCMM Packet Cable Multi-Media )-based applications including video streaming, quality of service (QoS)-enhanced Slingbox, accelerated photo uploads, and bandwidth on demand.
Cauldron Solutions, LLC, will showcase the Entitlement Platform (EP) and the On Demand Workflow Manager (ODWM), focused on two applications: Digital Program Insertion Digital Program Insertion (DPI) allows cable headends and broadcast affiliates to insert locally-generated commercials and short programs into remotely distributed regional programs before they are delivered to home viewers. (DPI) for advertising and quality of service (QoS) delivery.
Clique Communications, LLC, will demonstrate how dynamic ensured playback (a process that ensures optimal video call quality), ImageIQ (an algorithm that delivers higher image quality) and CRUSH (a methodology that guarantees firewall traversal) will enable delivery of video postcards, video e-mail and video blogging.
Comverse will be demonstrating TV personalization in a converged nature: both over mobile phones and using the TV remote control. The services are: Personal electronic program guide over the phone; personalized television reminders; networked personal video recorder See DVR. ; and programs invitations. Implementations of all of the services are based on Internet Protocol (IP)/Internet Protocol multimedia systems (IMS (1) See IP Multimedia Subsystem.
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Ellacoya Networks will demonstrate how its system can dynamically activate quality of service (QoS) for session initiation protocol (protocol) Session Initiation Protocol - (SIP) A very simple text-based application-layer control protocol. It creates, modifies, and terminates sessions with one or more participants. Such sessions include Internet telephony and multimedia conferences.
It is described in RFC 2543. (SIP) based applications, as well as for non-SIP applications using the QoS interface being specified in the 2.0 release of PacketCable(TM). Release 2.0 of the PacketCable architecture is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem An integrated network for telecommunications carriers that uses the IP protocol as its foundation for packetized voice, video and data. Supporting voice over IP (VoIP) in all its flavors (SIP, H.323, MGCP, etc. (IMS) and will provide cable operators with the ability to provide a wide range of converged voice, data, and video applications to consumers.
Enhanced Television Demonstration -- Standards for Enhanced Television (interactive television applications) have been developed by cable operators under the auspices of CableLabs. This enhanced television demonstration presents ETV applications that are triggered off a linear broadcast program, including the ability to launch a VOD session while tuned to a cable channel. Participants include ABC ABC
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Entropic Communications will demonstrate a complete Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) home-entertainment network connecting multiple video and data appliances across a 100 Mbps home-coax backbone.
ExtendMedia will showcase OpenCASE, a modular, end-to-end solution for the creation, distribution, and operation of digital content services across a multitude of distribution networks and consumer devices.
Grass Valley, A Thomson Company (formerly Thales Broadcast & Multimedia), will exhibit the CORAL OCAP(TM)-based server, a reference platform to create, manage, and optimize OCAP-based carousels.
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HANA Houston Association of Network Administrators (High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance) will show a "no new wires" high-definition home network with secure-connected devices, content, and services all accessed via a single-television remote and cable.
Juniper Networks, Inc., in conjunction with Ellacoya Networks, will demonstrate an intelligent, tiered-application bundling solution for cable operators.
Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications NASDAQ: LVLT is a communications and information services company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. , LLC presents proprietary tools that automate processes and enable management by cable operators of voice services. By leveraging Level 3's unique tools across service activation, order management, and network management processes, cable operators can gain operational efficiencies that enhance their customers' experience.
Lucent Technologies' IP multimedia solutions enable cable operators to offer blended services including video conferencing, mobile multimedia, caller ID on television and more; leveraging converged video, data, voice and wireless technologies.
Microsoft Corporation presents Microsoft(R) TV Foundation Edition, a client/server software platform for delivering advanced TV and interactive services over digital cable networks. An innovative software platform designed specifically for today's cable architecture.
MoCA will show the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) home entertainment network standard in conjunction with member company Entropic Communications, by connecting multiple set-top devices and streaming 100 Mbps over the in-home coax.
Motorola Connected Home Solutions will showcase a DOCSIS(R) 3.0-based channel-bonding implementation, which bonds together 4 downstream channels and delivers over 120 Mbps of downstream data services from a Motorola BSR 64000 cable modem termination system A cable modem termination system or CMTS is equipment typically found in a cable company's headend, or at cable company hubsite and is used to provide high speed data services, such as cable internet or Voice over IP, to cable subscribers. (CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) A computerized device that enables cable modems to send and receive packets over the Internet. It inserts IP packets from the Internet into MPEG frames and transmits them to the cable modems via an RF signal. ) to a Motorola SB6100 cable modem. Motorola also will demonstrate downloadable conditional access (DCAS) wherein heterogeneous network compatibility is achieved. Each set-top box implements a secure processor into which a conditional access system A conditional access system (CAS) is a system by which electronic transmission of digital media, especially satellite television signals through cable, is limited to subscribed clients. This is called conditional access. (CAS) "kernel" is downloaded via DOCSIS(R)-based, digital set-top gateway (DSG).
NDS will exhibit an OCAP(TM)-based MediaHighway middleware ported to a Thomson all-digital platform with third-party applications. The demonstration showcases co-habitation of OCAP-based unbound applications, including DIGEO Moxi(TM) OCAP-based enhanced program guide (EPG) with OCAP-based bound applications.
Narad Networks will demonstrate network equipment and software that provides 100 Mbps data service to the home with 5-msec latency. It is fed by 10Gbps symmetric capacity-per-fiber.
Navic Networks will exhibit interactive technologies such as targeted advertising, enhanced television programming, and video on demand (VOD) telescoping.
Nortel Networks will highlight the power of IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) solutions, providing services to devices independent of the network. In addition, it will demonstrate the capability to access local content from anywhere.
Nuera Communications, Inc., will show its ORCA BTX-4K, a PacketCable(TM)-certified media gateway that connects a cable operator's IP network to the public switched telephone network (PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. ).
OpenTV will exhibit its end-to-end, enhanced advertising solution, based on the enhanced television (ETV)-binary interchange format (BIF BIF
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OpVista, Inc., will demonstrate Intelligent Optical Transport(TM) System, with its ultra-dense wave division multiplexing (spelling) wave division multiplexing - A common misnomer for wavelength division multiplexing. (DWDM) and scalable reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM ROADM Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer
ROADM Reconfigurable Add Drop Multiplexing ). The OpVista2000 enables bandwidth for triple-play and business services.
PerfTech, Inc. lets providers communicate directly to browsing subscribers without loading client-based software. It is designed for the insertion of advertising, promotions, subscriber-care messaging, spam abuse control, and more.
RealNetworks presents Helix OnlineTV for Broadband, an end-to-end system for delivering operator-branded rich-video DOCSIS(R)-based services to PCs and connected home-networking devices.
Samsung will exhibit an OCAP(TM) 1.0 56" DLP HDTV; an OpenCable(TM)-based high-definition (HD)-digital video recorder (DVR); an OpenCable-based host 2.0 high definition set-top box, which features OCAP(TM) -based 1.0 middleware, an embedded DOCSIS(R) 2.0-based cable modem; a downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) set-top box; and Wi-Fi and IP video phones that enable advanced digital voice and video applications.
Sandvine Incorporated's PacketCable(TM) Multimedia (PCMM)-based architecture combines subscriber- and application-awareness to enhance quality of experience. Sandvine will demonstrate voice over IP (VoIP) protection, quantitative quality measurements for VoIP, and real-time communication with subscribers.
Softel-USA will show the MediaSphere TX carousel outputting OCAP(TM)-based applications and the MediaSphere Lab for prototyping and testing OCAP-based and enhanced television (ETV)-based applications, set-top boxes, etc.
UniSoft Corp. will exhibit S&T's TSBroadcaster OCAP(TM)-based encoder and object carousel generator. TSBroadcaster is a headend server which automatically encodes and plays-out OCAP-based and enhanced television (ETV)-based applications according to a defined schedule.
Synacor, Inc. provides technology to cable operators supporting the delivery of portals, online subscription services, and music, movie, and game transactions. Synacor enables cable operators to bundle, provision, support and bill for these services as part of a single-rate code.
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Ventego Networks Ltd.'s UniCell controller is a complete quad-play "solution-in-a-box." By adding UniCell to a PacketCable(TM)-based network, cable operators can commence deployment of mobility services immediately, without having to rely on other network elements to resolve difficult challenges like seamless mobility, subscriber identification module (SIM)-based authentication, and mobile-handset compatibility.