This week, the top broadcast content providers and broadband technology makers are showcasing the best of the digital TV revolution at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.
Count on seeing Broadcomâ€™s innovative technologies across the show floor, in devices that many of our partners and customers will have under the spotlight.
Be sure to catch a demo ofÂ YouView, a new searchable TV guide service for UK viewers. YouView offers â€ścatch-upâ€ť TV–the ability to watch any show aired in the last 7 daysÂ â€“ with traditional with digital video recording (DVR), Video-on-Demand (VoD) and live content all in one easy-to-use, searchable guide.
Or, check out the Abox42 â€śM12â€ť IP Set Top Box that delivers new options for multiscreen viewing like Over-the-Top (OTT) content.
TV Evolves with Broadcom
Overwhelmingly, people are engaging with other screens while TV is on â€“ a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Infonetics estimates a whopping 83 percent of viewers are engaging in multiscreen viewing â€“ but only 39 percent of service providers today offer support for streaming content to those secondary screens.
Those that arenâ€™t in the game yet soon will be. Infonetics suggests that 67 percent of the service providers should deploy multiscreen services by the end of next year and that more than 80 percent will be on board by 2014.
Broadcom is driving innovation around this next phase of the digital TV transformation and has developed the technologies suited to everything from mobile devices and set-top boxes to wireless upgrades and back-end infrastructure.
The experience of television itself has been a constant evolution â€“ from black-and-white to cable to DVR. For the first time, though, television is escaping the living room and hitting the road as OTT and IPTV content and services give viewers tons of new options for TV-watching on any mobile device.
Whatâ€™s exciting to us at Broadcom is that we’re busily creating the backbone for this vision to come to life. Our hardware and software technology allows things like OTT content, streaming media and on-screen interactions to further enhance the â€śTV experience.â€ť
Broadcomâ€™s BCM7356 with Tara Systems and Opera software, for example, supports Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV), a new European TV standard that aims to combine TV services delivered via broadcast with services delivered via broadbandÂ for consumers using connected TVs and set-top boxes. the idea is to bring real-time, interactive Internet content to the screen without interrupting the broadcast of live programming.
Broadcom was recently nominated for two awards that recognize thought leadership in the industry. Broadcomâ€™s BCM4528 Satellite Set-Top Box System on a Chip (SoC) with Full Band Capture was named a finalist for â€śBest satellite contribution/distribution/transmission solutionâ€ť for its unprecedented bandwidth scalability and flexibility in delivering both video and IP to connected devices.
The second is a nomination alongside its fellow members of the RVU Alliance, which earned a spot on the Shortlist for IBCâ€™s Innovation Awards 2012. The nomination is for the Remote User Interface Solution for DirecTVâ€™s Home Media Center, which allows a single server to simultaneously interact with multiple devices without sacrificing speed or quality.
Can’t make it to Amsterdam? Follow @Broadcom on Twitter and Facebook to catch all the IBC news this week.Â Keep tabs on the show with the #IBCshow hashtag to experience the merger of broadcasting and the Internet live from the show floor.