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September 10, 2007

Broadcom and OpenTV Team to Offer Advanced Capabilities to Network Operators

By Niladri Sekhar Nath
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Broadcom (News - Alert) Corporation, a provider of semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has teamed with OpenTV Corp. to introduce next generation cable, satellite, IP and terrestrial-based set-top box products with advanced features and capabilities that enhance the end-user viewing experience.

OpenTV develops solutions for the delivery of advanced digital television and cross-platform interactive services. Both OpenTV and Broadcom will equip set-top box products with an extensive range of high performance, high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) AVC/VC-1 platforms.
OpenTV offers more sophisticated viewing experiences for today's consumers of digital content. OpenTV Core2, the company's flagship product is capable of reputing multiple sources of media streams to multiple destinations. This high-tech set-top box middleware, with integrated support for advanced personal video recorders, facilitates more flexible PVR functionality. The software also offers useful features such as program guides, video-on-demand, interactive and addressable advertising, IPTV, participation television, games and gaming, and a variety of consumer care and communications applications.
"We're pleased with the growth of our relationship with OpenTV and feel that their vision of advanced user interfaces for television aligns well with our product development roadmaps," said John Gleiter, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Set-Top Box line of business. "A complete team effort has already begun with OpenTV that will allow both companies to enable the next generation products that will enhance the end user
experience in the areas of broadcast video, video-on-demand and personal video recording."
OpenTV will leverage in particular, the Broadcom BCM7400 dual-channel AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 video decoder which features an advanced high performance processor and 3D animation.
"With its advanced, integrated set-top box silicon solutions with 3D capabilities, Broadcom's partnership will help OpenTV's customers deploy services with innovative, advanced user interfaces," said Tracy Geist, Senior Vice President of Market Development for OpenTV. "Our ongoing relationship with Broadcom demonstrates a commitment to quickly and cost-effectively deploy advanced digital television features and functionality that operators need to provide differentiated services."
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking.

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