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Top Picks Update: Video Infrastructure (Part II)

Jeff Baumgartner

12:55 PM -- It's time for another Light Reading Top Picks update, this one coming by way of the "Video Infrastructure" category, which, as a reminder, covers all things cable tech and IPTV.

As it stands, we've got it boiled down to four primary nominations. They are:

  • The BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND)Converged Video Exchange (CVEx) -- which touts the idea of bringing any stream to any screen with updates to the company's switched digital video (SDV) fabric.

  • The Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s QAM-IP Transport Gateway -- an über box that can do all the traditional cable video stuff, plus enable home networking and a scad of IP video capabilities.

  • Verivue Inc. 's MDX 9000 Series Media Distribution Switch -- the vendor's all-Flash switch/server platform that could help cable operators (think Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)) start to migrate their video-on-demand (VoD) infrastructures into something that begins to look and smell a lot like content distribution networks (CDNs).

  • The newcomer here is RGB Networks Inc. 's Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG). While BigBand's CVEx appears to key on cable's need to provide "Video Everywhere" through a more capable software plane, RGB is hitting at it from a hardware perspective. Are the two complementary? Competitive? Does only one belong on the nominations list? Help us hash it out on the message board.

We've also received entries from a few potential candidates on top of those already obtained from Dilithium Networks Inc. (its Content Adapter) and Wyplay , a maker of a "modular" home entertainment software/hardware platform. They are:

  • "CruiseCast," AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s satellite-driven, in-vehicle entertainment system.

  • ActiveVideo 's cloud-based approach at helping cable operators (and even consumer electronics partners) deliver rich, interactive television applications and services.

Check out the Top Picks area for more details, and please chime in and let us know if you think any of these should be elevated to full nomination status.

In case you still have questions about the Top Picks program, these links should cover any questions you may have:

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to TelcoTV 2009, the telecom industry’s premier event for the exploration of a comprehensive entertainment convergence strategy, to be staged in Orlando, Fla., November 10-12. For more information, or to register, click here.

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