This week at The Cable Show, Rovi Corporation and SeaChange International 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.
About Rovi Corporation
Rovi (rovicorp.com) powers the discovery, delivery, display and monetization of digital entertainment. With innovative technology solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers, service providers, content producers, advertisers, retailers and websites, Rovi connects people and the entertainment they love. The company holds over 5,000 issued or pending patents worldwide and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
About SeaChange International
Ranked among the top 250 software companies in the world, SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) enables transformative multi-screen video services through an open, cloud-based, intelligent software platform trusted by cable, IPTV and mobile operators globally. Personalized and fully monetized video experiences anytime on any device, in the home and everywhere, are the product of the Company’s superior video platform, advertising and in-home offerings.
SeaChange’s hundreds of customers are many of the world’s most powerful media brands including all major cable operators in the Americas and Europe, and the largest telecom companies in the world. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange (schange.com) is TL 9000 certified and has product development, support and sales offices around the world.
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