Netgear Loses Head for Cable
Netgear is going headless.
Netgear Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) has launched a headless media gateway -- the HMG7000 -- designed to give service providers a way to combine IP and traditional QAM-based video in a single service. It includes a high-speed 24x8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, 802.11ac WiFi, MoCA 2.0 integration, and CableCARD support.
Unlike a headed gateway, a headless one doesn't directly render video on a video screen. However, the hardware does create a demarcation point in the home for the delivery of both IP and QAM signals. Once signals hit that demarcation point, the gateway transcodes them as needed and streams the content back out over IP to any variety of connected devices.
Netgear's new gateway is also the company's first product to incorporate the Netgear NeoMedia platform. Announced at the International CES show in January, the NeoMedia platform supports a distributed architecture where lightweight clients can operate without embedded middleware. Both rights management and the user interface are handled in the cloud.
Netgear notes that its new gateway supports DVR functionality with local caching, video transcoding, and comprehensive encryption features for ensuring content security.
The headless gateway also integrates with SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC)'s Nucleus software. Nucleus, which is built on the Comcast-developed RDK standard, supports whole-home DVR and DLNA protocols, and delivers HTML5 applications to connected devices.
Netgear says it expects cable operator trials of the HMG7000 to begin in the first half of 2014.
— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable