Comcast is to integrateMyriad Group AG 's Java Virtual Machine (JVM) into its tru2way software platform, and agreed to tie Myriad's JVM with its Device Software Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid QAM/IP devices. Separately, Comcast has selectedGreenPeak Technologies BV 's Zigbee RF4CE-capable controller chips for use in "enhanced" RF-remote controls that do not require line-of-sight with the set-top box. Comcast is using the RF-based remotes as part of its Xcalibur trial in Augusta, Ga., and intends to deploy hybrid RF/IR (infrared) remotes to control legacy boxes too. (See Comcast to Swing Xcalibur Wide in 2012.)
Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) also threw in with Comcast, announcing Tuesday that it is pre-integrating Comcast's RDK and tru2way-based on-screen guides on four of its connected home STB chipsets: the BCM7425, BCM7428, BCM7420 and BCM7125. Comcast's RDK includes the CableLabs OpenCable Application Platform/tru2way middleware reference implementation, and aims to make it easier for others to develop devices and apps for Comcast's legacy digital TV system as well as Xcalibur, the MSO's next-generation video platform. (See CableLabs: 'Hundreds' Have Downloaded Tru2way Reference Stack.)
NBCUniversal LLC 's Sports Group and Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC) are teaming up to make coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London available in 3-D to all U.S. distributors (cable, satellite and telco) that cover the event. It will mark the first time the Olympics will be offered domestically in the format, though the 3-D broadcasts (more than 200 hours are planned) will be shown on next-day delay.
Nine percent of Americans have cut the cord (no longer subscribe to pay-TV services) and 11 percent say they intend to do sometime soon, finds a new annual media survey from Deloitte Development LLC . Among other findings, the number of Americans that have streamed a movie has risen from 28 percent in 2009 to 42 percent.
Speaking of cord-cutters, they may find something to like about Simple.TV, a device that combines the DVR with the kind of place-shifting capabilities found in a Slingbox, allowing users to send live and recorded content, including freely available over-the-air TV, to smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. Early on, the US$149 Simple.TV unit will support the iPad, Roku Inc. boxes, Google TV-enabled devices and the Boxee box, notes NewTeeVee.
Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) will offer anyone with a broadband connection a 24-hour free preview of its TV Everywhere platform starting Feb. 1. The coming Dish Test Drive will provide a "sample" of the company's over-the-top video vault.