Broadcom announces new initiatives for broadcasting industry

Telecom Lead Europe: Semiconductor solutions major Broadcom Corporation announced a slew of new initiatives for the broadcasting industry.

Dan Marotta, Broadcom Executive Vice President & General Manager, Broadband Communications

The chip major has released validated drivers for OpenTV 5, a set-top box middleware from NAGRA, a provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions.

As part of the agreement, Broadcom offers support for NAGRA’s OpenTV 5 technology on a range of cable, satellite and IP set-top boxes and gateways. Broadcom’s platforms also feature video processing, 3D graphics for user interfaces and gaming, and compatibility with standards including HTML5, Android and DLNA.

“Supporting OpenTV 5 middleware provides the very latest in content protection and multiscreen capabilities from NAGRA and accelerates the time-to-market for operators to securely expand video and Web-based services,” said Dan Marotta, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group.

Moreover, NAGRA OpenTV 5 features an open architecture, broad ecosystem and support for advanced user interfaces. It securely opens up television devices to the Internet and over-the-top services.

Validated OpenTV 5 drivers are currently available on the flagship Broadcom BCM7425 Dual Transcoding Hybrid Gateway SoC.  NAGRA OpenTV 5 can be supported on all of Broadcom’s set-top box and gateway platforms.

“OpenTV 5 is our most advanced and open client device solution yet. As a true media convergence platform it defines a category of its own that fundamentally expands the notion of middleware, and we’re thrilled that Broadcom is able to offer validated drivers to our customers,” said Samir Mehta, NAGRA’s Senior Vice President, Digital TV Solutions.

Meanwhile, YouView, a UK-based digital TV service, has deployed set-top box technology

Consumers can experience YouView by purchasing a subscription-free device at retail. Humax, a set-top box manufacturer, is shipping its Digital Television Recorder for YouView. Bundle offers with a broadband package from TalkTalk, a service provider in the UK, have been announced and offers from BT are planned.

Broadcom’s set-top box SoC platforms feature a high performance CPU built upon open source software to deliver a flexible and stable multi-application, system-level solution to the market.

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