& cplSiteName &

Zenverge Eyes More Streams for More Screens

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/4/2013
50%
50%

Zenverge Inc., a chipmaker that specializes in video transcoding, is getting ready to take in-home video streaming via gateways and set-tops to the next level. The company's current-generation transcoding chips can support up to four individual HD video streams and device/bit-rate profiles at the same time, but the next version will target at least six streams, company execs tell Light Reading Cable. A six-channel transcoding chip "is a natural spot for us," says Tony Masterson, Zenverge's CTO. "We can go even higher than that." Zenverge isn't saying exactly when it will launch those new products, but the company expects to announce details about its roadmap "over the next few months," Masterson adds. Zenverge's technology is gaining traction with the cable guys as they continue to piece together IP video migration strategies for the home. Many MSOs are in pursuit of hybrid QAM/IP gateways that can convert the incoming QAM video stream into multiple IP video streams that can then be distributed to smart TVs, tablets, smartphones and other IP devices that are hanging off the home network. In addition to straight streaming, Zenverge's silicon also has the ability to transfer recorded content to other devices, a technique sometimes called "slideloading." (See Morega Tackles Video Portability.) The gateway approach can help operators offset some big capital costs, because only the primary device needs to contain a CableCARD, a module and interface that adds more than $40 to the cost of a set-top. While today's four-stream solution appears to be enough at the moment for most customers, a six-stream version offers a good technical target, since today's widely deployed multi-stream CableCARDs can support up to six individual streams. (See Charter Bemoans CableCARD Costs.) Zenverge's four-stream system has already racked up some wins. Among them, TiVo Inc. uses Zenverge silicon in its new TiVo Stream transcoding sidecar, and Arris Group Inc. has picked it for a new class of "headless" video gateway that's based on Comcast Corp.'s Reference Design Kit and can be deployed in out-of-sight places like a basement or a closet (that device is considered headless because it doesn't handle the video rendering tasks that a "headed" gateway/set-top would). Zenverge is also targeting headed gateways and advanced HD-DVRs that tack on the transcoding piece. (See Comcast All-Service Gateways Go 'Headless' and Suddenlink Activates TiVo Stream.) Zenverge's co-processor approach will compete with companies like Broadcom Corp., which is integrating the transcoding piece on its own. Zenvege's current four-stream chips already out-muscle some early single-stream transcoding devices, such as the Motorola Mobility LLC-made Televation, a product that includes a CableCARD. Comcast markets that device under the AnyPlay brand. Motorola's working on a multi-stream version of Televation, according to FierceCable. (See Comcast Uses TV Streamer to Pump Mobile Bundles and Comcast Beams Live TV to the iPad.) Gateway versus cloud
Although cable's also starting to deliver some live TV programming directly from the cloud (primarily in the form of national cable channels), the home gateway will remain a key part of the industry's strategy for five to ten years, Masterson predicts. A big reason for that, he adds, is because cable has already spent billions on a QAM infrastructure and still has millions of QAM-only set-tops in the field that it's not going to just walk away from. He also holds that QAM remains the most efficient way to deliver local TV broadcast feeds and PEG (public, education and government) access channels to customer homes. Transcoding all of those different versions for each local market represents a cumbersome and complicated task that many MSOs don't want to tackle yet. And that's the kind of trend Zenverge hopes will hold up as operators start to accelerate the gateway model. Zenverge, a privately held company founded in 2006, doesn't reveal financial data, but the company believes it will become profitable within 12 months. Zenverge recently closed a $20.5 million "D" round led by set-top chipmaker Entropic Communications Inc. Verizon Ventures, the VC arm of Verizon Communications Inc., announced it had invested (the amount was undisclosed) in Zenverge last August. Motorola participated in Zenverge's $30 million "C" round in early 2010. (See Entropic Buys Into Video Transcoding.) — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/5/2013 | 1:07:29 PM
re: Zenverge Eyes More Streams for More Screens
Will 6 be enough? Homes with three TVs and three other types of IP devcies (PCs, tablets and smartphones and game consoles) will take up all of that streaming capacity. Of course, this assumes that six devices are all streaming at the same time.-á-á How many video-capable IP devices are hanging off your home network these days?
Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
NEXT COURSE
Friday, September 30, 1:00PM EDT
Gigabit & the Great Migration
Robert Howald, Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast
UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 5, 1:00PM EDT
Gigabit & Smart Cities
Joe Kochan, COO & Co-Founder, US Ignite
Friday, October 7, 1:00PM EDT
Gigabit & DOCSIS 3.1
Ty Pearman, Director, Access Architecture, Comcast
Wednesday, October 19, 1:00PM EDT
Securing a Virtual World
Rita Marty, Executive Director, Mobility and Cloud Security, Chief Security Office, AT&T
in association with:
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
Level 3 VP: Enterprises Need More for Less

9|29|16   |   05:27   |   (0) comments


Andrew Dugan, Level 3 group vice president of global technology and IT, says enterprises need more bandwidth and they need it faster and with greater security, but they want to spend less, if possible. They are looking to carriers to reduce their network complexity and help protect them from cyberattacks as well.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: SDN/NFV Pose New Interconnection Possibilities

9|28|16   |   04:37   |   (0) comments


Network operators should develop new APIs and business processes for reselling virtual assets to each other, says CenturyLink's Bill Walker. That will enable them to build digital business portfolios that help them avoid becoming commodity transport providers.
LRTV Interviews
Level 3: Overcoming Terror of Being Supplier, Integrator & Developer

9|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Travis Ewert of Level 3 Communications said there is terror in becoming supplier, integrator and developer, but it can be overcome and be cost effective.
LRTV Custom TV
Introducing IoT World News

9|27|16   |   01:43   |   (0) comments


Self-driving cars, medical sensors, smart cities... and refrigerators. In order to address the huge scope of IoT, KNect365 has created a unique online community that will help businesses to understand and monetize the opportunities that live within the IoT market. We look forward to welcoming you to IoT World News -- your gateway to a better connected future.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T: Re-usable Functions Next NFV Key

9|27|16   |   06:03   |   (0) comments


The next generation of NFV has to break functions down into re-usable software chunks, making everything much more cloud-like.
LRTV Interviews
Masergy on Security: Attackers Gaining Upper Hand

9|27|16   |   5:10   |   (2) comments


At Light Reading's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Ray Watson, vice president of Global Technology at Masergy, says that because of the growth in virtualization, the threat landscape is shifting in favor of the attackers. As a result, service providers need to think beyond just defending the perimeter and take a more holistic approach to security.
LRTV Interviews
Verizon Takes Next Step on Biz Virtualization Journey

9|26|16   |   4:38   |   (2) comments


At September's NFV & Carrier SDN event in Denver, Light Reading sat down with Victoria Lonker, director of Product and New Business Innovation at Verizon, to chat about where the carrier is with delivering virtualized services to business customers.
LRTV Interviews
Global Services: The $40B Face-Off

9|26|16   |   05:53   |   (1) comment


More service providers than ever before are battling it out to win a slice of what is now a $40 billion global communications services pie, explains Ovum Principal Analyst David Molony.
LRTV Documentaries
MEC Congress: The Key Takeaways

9|22|16   |   03:25   |   (3) comments


Three key takeaways from the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany.
Wagner’s Ring
Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'

9|22|16   |     |   (12) comments


Service providers can't compete with OTT players. It just isn't in their DNA. Instead, service providers need to embrace what they're good at -- providing reliable, secure connectivity.
Wagner’s Ring
Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50

9|21|16   |     |   (13) comments


How do you keep your career moving forward when you're past the half-century mark?
LRTV Interviews
Peering Into the Digital Future

9|20|16   |   04:25   |   (0) comments


Nick Thomas, practice leader of digital media at Ovum, talks about how digital transformation in the technology, media and telecom sectors will enable the development of a new range of applications and services for enterprises and consumers and how the upcoming Digital Futures event in London will examine ...
Upcoming Live Events
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Verizon CFO: Eat Our (Fixed) 5G Dust!
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/22/2016
WiCipedia: The Women Helping Women Edition
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 9/23/2016
Eurobites: Telefónica Taps Juniper for Network Security
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 9/26/2016
Open Source Getting on My Nerves
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/26/2016
Telstra Sees Quadrupled Data Capacity by 2020
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/28/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
There's Nothing Like Missing a Full Minute of Pokémon Go Click Here
Live Digital Audio

A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.