NETGEAR launches hybrid set-top box
Sep 19, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
NETGEAR, Inc., a manufacturer of computer networking equipment and other computer hardware, has launched STB1100, a hybrid set-top box.
The STB1100 is an HD digital set-top box that decodes and renders Internet and Terrestrial DVB-T broadcast video. It features built-in 802.11n WiFi for the seamless integration of broadcast, IP video and adaptive bitrate (ABR) video in a single set-top box; it also features an advanced, operator-customizable user interface with unified search capabilities, the company said.
"The NETGEAR STB1100 gives operators flexibility with a compact, robust platform. With an intuitive user interface, the STB1100 provides unified search and access independent of content source," said Naveen Chhangani, director of product marketing, Service Provider Business with NETGEAR.
"Moreover, with adaptive bit rate streaming capabilities, service providers can extend true HD quality video to their end-users, even on a low-bandwidth WAN connection-quality video is just as important as access to video."
The STB1100 platform enables end-users to seamlessly access third-party or service provider video applications as well as the ability to rent and watch new releases through service provider video-on-demand services. DLNA and a built-in USB port support sharing of user-generated content, and integrated WiFi and Ethernet gives end-users the flexibility to connect the STB1100 into an existing home network, the company added.
Numericable, a provider of telephony, high speed broadband and paid-TV services, launched iStart triple-play services with the NETGEAR STB1100. iStart uses the STB1100 to deliver over-the-air, DVB-T and ABR content to ADSL subscribers who were previously unable to receive video content, the company reported.
The NETGEAR STB1100 is powered by Cavium's PureVu Media Processor to offer industry leading integration without compromising quality. With a comprehensive feature set and market-ready software platform, Cavium's media processor provides a solid foundation for NETGEAR to develop a differentiated offering in the highly competitive market for IP set-top boxes. Additional features of the NETGEAR STB1100 include studio approved DRM protection; remote control with quick select buttons; two integrated USB 2.0 host ports; parental controls; full HD video decode; integrated 802.11n, 2x2 WiFi; HDMI 1.3 video out; and integrated HTML 5 Web kit; and HbbTV capability, the company concluded.
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