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IBC 2014: New Video Tech on Tap From Arris, Cisco, Pace & More

With the big annual IBC trade show now underway in Amsterdam, video tech vendors are lining up to plug the latest versions of their hardware and software to a pan-European audience.

In our news stories earlier this week, we already outlined what stuff such key video and chip vendors as ActiveVideo , Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Amino Communications Ltd. , Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Rovi Corp. are strutting at IBC. So the show is already off to a busy start. (See Eurobites: Dante Demos Terabit Super-Channel, Eurobites: AlcaLu Unveils Virtual CDN Platform, Adobe Extends DRM Across TVE Screens, ActiveVideo Joins Cable's RDK Club and Rovi Debuts Cloud-Based Multiscreen Guide.)

Here's a sampling of what some other major tech suppliers and industry players are boasting about as the show hits full stride for the weekend:

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) is showing off a new line of advanced video compression products, including encoders, transcoders and a converged compression platform for multiscreen video delivery. The three new products are: the DSR-7400 Transcoder Integrated Receiver/Decoder, which can use the new High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) for Ultra HD video; the Arris SE7400, a single-channel HEVC/Ultra HD encoder for live linear video; and the Arris ME-7000, a converged compression solution for multiscreen delivery of cable, IPTV and satellite applications.

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is highlighting a "host of new capabilities" that it has added to its Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing (V2P) solution to virtualize more video functions for pay-TV providers and orchestrate the key functions for converting video content for multiscreen delivery. The newly orchestrated V2P functions include video capture, ad insertion, encryption, packaging, play-out and content distribution. Cisco says the enhanced platform enables media companies and pay-TV operators to "simplify overall operations by consolidating all their separate production lines into a single pool of hardware and software" and thereby reduce costs.

  • Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is launching a new certification program for retail products supporting subscription TV. Under this program, DLNA will promote "VidiPath" as the consumer-friendly brand name for consumer electronics products that enable secure multiscreen viewing. DLNA is working with CE makers and service providers to certify products and spread the good word about VidiPath.

  • Elemental Technologies Inc. (ETI) is playing up its software-defined video solutions, vast array of industry partnerships and explosive growth at IBC. It's also staging the industry's first 4K 4C run, not too coincidentally promoting its HEVC solutions for 4k video delivery.

  • IneoQuest Technologies Inc. is bragging about snaring Kabel Deutschland GmbH as its latest cable customer. Under the deal, the big German MSO will make use of IneoQuest's headend monitoring solution for real-time digital content monitoring and visual inspection.

  • Keeping in stride, Pace Micro Technology is teaming up with the up-and-coming YOUi Labs Inc. to demo an advanced new user interface for video viewers. The interface is designed to run on 4K-capable media servers and "IP Packs" pre-integrated with Pace's middleware for both Reference Design Kit (RDK) and non-RDK platforms.

    — Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

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