Comcast Picks Broadcom for Cloud-based IPTV Set-Tops

Comcast is on the road to an all IP-based set-top box, and Broadcom’s helping it get there.

It’s one of the many cable innovations being delivered through powerful new set-top boxes on display across the convention center floor at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Cable operators like Comcast are hoping to thrill subscribers with new offerings that go beyond the typical “triple play” broadband package. 

The rise of Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) boxes and cloud-based storage for digital video recorders (DVR) has generated a lot of buzz lately, thanks to the ability to create a truly “on-demand” viewing experience.  Features such as search, video-on-demand (VoD), streaming Internet services (such as Netflix and Pandora) and the ability to share content between devices continue to raise the bar for operators and remove barriers between viewers and their favorite TV content.

Both service providers and subscribers are looking for solutions that will provide quality content, fast streaming and additional options while staying affordable.

Broadcom 's CES 2013 LogoThat’s where Broadcom and Comcast shine: At CES this week, the companies are talking about the first deployment of Comcast’s Device Software Reference Design Kit, which is based on the BCM7125  connected home set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC).

The chipset will be going into Comcast’s RNG-150 set-top box, which is set to offer customers a slew of upgrades and options by being the first to fully integrate Internet connectivity with standard digital cable.

Broadcom makes all the fancy new features play nicely together in one box by integrating five major set-top box functions into one device, including:

  • a full standards-based DOCSIS cable modem
  • a decoder that ensures the delivery of high-def content to your TV
  • MoCA-powered connectivity for watching recorded content in any room
  • 3-D graphics for a slick user-interface
  • speedy content delivery with 1Ghz tuners

For Comcast customers, it translates to the ability to stream both IP and broadcast cable content to any device in any room with all of the cutting-edge innovation that a single (set-top) box can hold.

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