Top Picks Update: Video Infrastructure

1:05 PM -- The Top Picks ball is officially rolling, so it's high time to keep you apprised of what's shaking in the "Video Infrastructure" category, which covers cable technology and all things IPTV.

Here's a quick rundown of the nominees so far:

  • BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND)'s 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.

  • 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. But does it know how to make a good cup o' joe?

  • Verivue Inc. 's MDX 9000 Series Media Distribution Switch -- the vendor's all-Flash switch/server platform that's seeking deployment with managed and "over-the-top" video service providers.

These all appear to be hitting on the same problem but from different product angles, so feel free to pitch more nominations without relying too much on corporate-speak. And feel free to head to the message board to throw kudos or stones at the early entrants.

In the meantime, you can also check out some others that are up for consideration as a Light Reading Top Pick in this category, including Dilithium Networks Inc. 's Content Adapter and RGB Networks Inc. 's Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG).

We're also looking for more folks from outside the U.S. to jump in. Right now, France-based Wyplay , a maker of a "modular" home entertainment software/hardware, is the only one representin' from the other side of la mer.

Need more help? Here's a brief breakdown of other Top Picks stuff:

For you forward-thinkers out there, here's an update on Light Reading's flagship awards program, the Leading Lights.

Go get'em!

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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