Sling Media and Broadcom power multi-screen TV entertainment

Sling Media, a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar and
Broadcom have jointly announced that Sling Media SDK is being integrated into
Broadcom’s latest set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms.


Sling Media’s licensed software ecosystem supported on
the Broadcom BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA Gateway SoC gives users a
full-featured multi-screen, multi-platform viewing solution.


Sling Media’s placeshifting technology coupled with
Broadcom’s STB platforms enable a wide range of content with a consistent viewing
experience for service operators’ customers who demand a simple, high-quality
way to watch television on the go.


“Broadcom has the most advanced streaming and
transcoding capabilities available today and is without equal when it comes to
delivering the most-deployed STB SoC solutions. Now they will bring
placeshifting technology to the largest possible audience,” said Raghu
Tarra, senior vice president and general manager of Sling Media.


With this collaboration manufacturers of STBs and CE
devices will be able to offer consumers a solution to enjoy watching their
favorite television content wherever they want on whatever device they want,
with an Internet connection.


About 62 percent of U.S. consumers said they would likely
watch live TV on laptops, tablets and smart phones, if their television service
provider offered the service for no extra charge, according to a Broadcom


The survey also found that in households with three or
more people, 55 percent said a multi-screen TV service would help when they
have to “compete for control of the remote.”


“It’s clear that consumers expect a wide array of
television viewing options on their favorite wireless devices, and EchoStar’s
Sling Media technology solution is the gold standard for placeshifting,”
said Dan Marotta, executive vice president and general manager, Broadcom.


Broadcom-powered boxes with Sling Media software will be
available by the third quarter of 2012. Subscribers will have the ability to
watch any content available on the STB on the widest range of portable devices
with full authentication.


Last month,
 had unveiled its next generation 40G physical layer
transceiver (PHY) chipset, designed to address the need for higher bandwidth
and lower power in Optical Transport Networks (OTN).


Broadcom’s 40G PHY chipset leverages CMOS technology for
40G optical transmission using DQPSK modulation, providing high reliability,
lower power consumption and shorter fab cycle time for long haul DWDM


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