Product News: February 18th, 2010

CableLabs and Canoe Complete New EBIF Spec

Canoe Ventures CableLabs ( and Canoe Ventures ( completed the latest EBIF spec. This new version (I06) features functionality developed to meet competitive interactive television market requirements and will widen the range of EBIF-enhanced programming, advertising and applications.

In related news, Canoe and CableLabs announced a partnership between Canoe Ventures' new Innovation Lab and CableLabs' AdLab, as part of their ongoing collaboration to support the development and Aurora Networksdeployment of new advanced advertising technologies and services.

The first test of the new environment will prototype and evaluate the technologies required for an end-to-endinfrastructure based on SCTE 130 standards. This prototype-only environment was developed with the participation of Cisco, OpenTV, Ericsson, Motorola and This Technology, LLC. Canoe and CableLabs plan to work with other SCTE 130, OpenCable and EBIF-compliant technology and service providers for additional testing and prototyping projects moving forward.

The SCTE 130 standard is a multipart specification that defines how advertising-placement servers (ad decisions systems or ADS) communicate with video-delivery equipment (ad managers or ADM). It supports a unified platform for dynamic, addressable, and interactive ad insertion, while merging inventory metadata (placement opportunity information or POIS), content metadata (CIS), and subscriber metadata (SIS). Canoe and CableLabs are creating an environment emulating a Canoe hosted national network ADS capable of interacting with distributed MSO SCTE 130-compliant systems. CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers hosted an interoperability event at CableLabs' headquarters November 9-13, 2009 to focus on SCTE 130. It was the industry's largest and most comprehensive Advanced Advertising Interop to date, with 24 companies participating.

Vecima Networks

Mixed Signals Shows Off Loudness Capabilities

Mixed Signals Mixed Signals ( demonstrated the advanced audio monitoring capabilities of its Sentry digital content monitoring solution at the recent CableLabs ( Winter Meeting. Mixed Signals reports that it worked closely with major TV leaders to create its audio monitoring solution, which enables ops to identify loudness issues in programming and commercials, giving them the information necessary to fix volume changes that occur during channel changes and when commercials run.

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act has already been approved by the House of Representatives and is now with the Senate, where passage is expected. Unless the industry can implement a viable solution for addressing loud commercials, it is feared that Congress will task the FCC with specifying a solution that operators must adopt regardless of cost or complexity.

Mixed Signals reports that it has upgraded Sentry specifically for monitoring audio level issues in the multichannel cable environment. Complementing its existing ability to continually monitor hundreds of channels simultaneously, Sentry now supports the ITU-R BS.1770 audio specification for monitoring program loudness. Developed by the ITU, the BS.1770 specification is shortly expected to be adopted by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) here in the U.S., which in turn will lead to its use by broadcasters and then cable and other multichannel video service providers. Mixed Signals reports that operators already using Sentrys can easily add support for BS.1770 via a software upgrade.


BigBand Goes Big on IP Video Delivery at CableLabs Confab

Among BigBand Networks’ ( demonstrations at the recent CableLabs ( Winter Conference in Denver were the following:

  • Delivery of IP video to multiple screen and devices leveraging existing network infrastructure

  • CVEx Converged Video Exchange -- a software control plane that reportedly helps ops deliver both RF and IP-based video services across the network edge

  • vIP PASS -- a video solution designed to help ops capitalize on existing infrastructure with a delivery of video services to a range of IP devices via DOCSIS 3.0 modems

  • QAM innovation that reportedly solves bandwidth needs at the edge of the network and integrates with video delivery platforms:

  • The company’s universal edge QAM platform, which includes BigBand's double density BEQ6200 8:1 QAM and BEQ6000 QAM

Ericsson Combines Optical Transport and Packet Technology

Ericsson ( announced the newest member of its OMS 1400 family, the OMS 1460, which is said to enable operators to evolve their current TDM networks to high capacity and low-cost packet-based networks and is specifically optimized for the metro packet transport.

Ericsson says that the business reality for many operators is related to the fact that the growth of high-speed packet-based services is coming during a time when revenues are not increasing at the same rate. So they strive to cultivate the efficiency of each network layer in order to minimize costs. For this reason, and to be more in-tune with the new IP services, there is a general migration to packet-based networking.

For its own migration, the transport network welcomes new functionality such as the transport profile of MPLS and Ethernet ring protection, while other technologies like WDM, ROADM and OTN play an important role in ensuring ever increasingly more cost-effective, high bandwidth networking. All features mentioned here appear as modular options on the OMS 1460. The company reports that the OMS 1460 will be commercially available within a year.

SCTE Canadian Summit 2010

Rovi, FourthWall Collaborate on Enhanced TV

FourthWall Media ( and Rovi ( signed an agreement to offer an Enhanced Television (ETV) solution to many of Rovi’s Interactive Program Guide customers throughout North and South America. In 2010, Rovi will offer an integrated ETV Platform, including FourthWall Media’s EBIF User Agent, ETV Server, and TV Widgets as part of Rovi’s guide solutions.

Under the agreement, Rovi will make available seamlessly through its guides an initial set of pre-integrated TV Widgets from FourthWall. These include eBay on TV, Yellow Pages on TV, News, Weather, and numerous Sports widgets for nearly every major league, team and college. Each TV Widget can be hyper-personalized turning the television into an interactive, tailored experience for the viewer. In addition, the integrated solution will enable service providers to launch new EBIF applications developed by third-parties.

The Cable Show, Los Angeles, CA

Active Broadband Displays App Based on D3 IP Detail Records

Active Broadband Networks ( recently demonstrated what the company calls “the first DOCSIS 3.0 IPDR collector and the first application using the new DOCSIS 3.0 IPDR capabilities,” the Subscriber Experience Manager.

Active Broadband Networks demonstrated a beta version of the Active Resource Manager Subscriber Experience Manager at the CableLabs ( Winter Conference held earlier this month in Denver. The Subscriber Experience Manager is said to leverage new information provided by IPDR to profile network conditions and subscriber usage identifying periods where subscriber experience is impacted. The Subscriber Experience Manager then computes experience in the form of bandwidth supplied, demand served and interface delay. The solution reportedly offers increased visibility into the impact of network congestion to manage customer satisfaction and network capacity.

Active Broadband Networks is also announcing the availability of Active Resource Manager Release 4.2. This release is said to add new business intelligence style dashboards and reporting, a Web services interface with more than 60 queries that can be used to integrate accurate IPDR information with existing operational applications and updated system management capabilities including a new Command Line Interface.

DVEO Ships New MPEG-2 to H.264 Transcoders

DVEO ( is shipping three new Linux-based MPEG-2 to H 264 transcoders. The MPEG Gearbox is the company’s new family of Linux-based MPEG-2 to H 264 transcoders or MPEG-2 to MPEG-2 scalers for the IPTV and cable industries.

Three systems are available: ASI to IP, ASI to ASI, and IP to IP. Each system transcodes one HD (720p) stream or two SD streams into H.264 and outputs the streams over ASI or IP. The MPEG Gearbox ASI/IP can also receive 1 to 4+ MPEG-2 channels and output them to a dedicated IP network as MPEG-2 streams. Audio support is MPEG and AAC (MPEG-4).

Motorola Ventures participated in financing for Zenverge ( The financing will support production of a family of single-chip media ICs based on the Zenverge Entertainment Nexus (ZEN), a new architecture for digital HD convergence.

Get the Broadband Technology Report Newsletters Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to email newsletters today at no cost and receive the latest information on:

  • Video Technology
  • Network Technology
  • Technology Alerts
  • BTR LATAM (Latin America)

Diamond Technology Reviews - 2016 High Scores

2016 Diamond Technology Reviews Slideshow

2016 Diamond Technology Reviews Slideshow

Diamond Technology Reviews 2016

Diamond Technology Reviews 2016

BTR's Diamond Technology Reviews, now in its twelfth year, is a technology recognition program wherein vendors serving the broadband cable ...

SCTE-Cable Tec Expo 2016 Video Show Dailies

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 3

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 3

In our Video Show Daily for Day 3 of exhibits at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, BTR Editorial Director Stephen Hardy covers trends in distrib...

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 2

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 2

In our Video Show Daily for the second day of exhibits at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, BTR Editorial Director Stephen Hardy highlights furt...

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 1

BTR's SCTE-Cable Tec Expo Video Show Daily, Day 1

BTR Editorial Director Stephen Hardy reviews the hot technologies and announcements from the first day of exhibits at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 in P...

Related Articles


ADB Adds 'Casting' to Hotel Video Platform

October 6, 2016

ADB is upgrading its vuTyme managed services hotel video solution to ena...


Antronix Merges Ethernet, DOCSIS, PON

October 5, 2016

Antronix has launched Intercept eHFC, an optical Ethernet HFC network pl...

Interra Systems

Interra to Show 4K QC, Monitoring

October 4, 2016

At the 2016 NAB Show New York in November, Interra Systems will demonstr...


2016 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Wrap Up

Whether you couldn't make it to Cable-Tec this year or want to see if you missed anything while you were there, you'll want to join BTR editors Stephen Hardy and Ron Hendrickson as they reveal their picks for the...

October 12, 2016
Sponsored by

Counting the cost: Efficiently transitioning from HFC to FTTH

HFC networks are uniquely positioned to provide compelling and competitive services, and are also uniquely positioned to transition to symmetrical FTTH as commercial requirements demand.  This webinar will d...

Date:September 22, 2016
Sponsored by

Maintaining High Quality of Experience in an Adaptive Bitrate System

This webinar will look at the many points in an ABR system where the video is touched.  From ingest (satellite, file, and IP), to egress, each point should be qualified for compliance to help maintain a high...

Date:August 25, 2016
Sponsored by

White Papers & Special Reports

Cable VoIP 2.0: Voice Moves to the Cloud

October 2016

Cable providers led the charge on the VoIP evolution and won customers and market share. Now voice networks are evolving again. The cloud voice platform has ...

Understanding Ultra High Definition Television

October 2016

Over the last 10 years, high definition television (HDTV) has been replacing standard definition television as the expected viewing format for television pro...

Are You Ready for DOCSIS 3.1? The Future of Cable Technology and How to Prepare Your Network

October 2016

DOCSIS 3.1 promises 10x capacity throughput and a range of technical benefits for cable providers and users alike. Are you ready? Discover the technical adva...

BTR Blogs

BTR Managing Editor Ron Hendrickson

FCC Rethinks Set-Top Plan

September 10, 2016

By Ron Hendrickson - The FCC has reworked the "unlock the set-top b...


In Memoriam: Richard Covell

August 18, 2016

By Rob Stuehrk, Publisher - We at Broadband Technology Report were sadde...

BTR Managing Editor Ron Hendrickson

Court Overturns FCC Municipal Broadband Order

August 11, 2016

By Ron Hendrickson - You win some, and you lose some, and the FCC just l...

Featured Hangouts

4K 4 U: How to Prepare for UltraHD Video

4K 4 U: How to Prepare for UltraHD Video

4K/UltraHD video is coming - consumers are buying the TV sets, and more content is becoming available. Watch this inf...

DOCSIS 3.1: A Look Ahead

DOCSIS 3.1: A Look Ahead

Watch a 30-minute video chat of experts from a variety of related disciplines discuss how close deployments really ar...

Featured Hangout

4K 4 U: How to Prepare for UltraHD Video

4K/UltraHD video is coming - consumers are buying the TV sets, and more content is becoming available. Watch this informative Hangout on demand by clicking the link above.

Sponsored by Verimatrix.