This week Intel heads to TV Connect 2013 to highlight its solutions for set-top boxes, media servers, and video gateways. Held in London, the event bills itself as ‘the world’s leading event on connected entertainment’ and attracts broadcasters, Telco pay TV service providers, content providers and OTT (over-the-top) players from around the globe. With the massive changes we have seen in this industry over the last few years from new technologies and new entrants, there will be lots to see that impact how consumers watch TV.
As service providers meet the changing expectations from their customers, driven in many cases by retail OTT products, they’re looking for technology that provides great consumer experiences. This includes beautiful, visually-based user interfaces, the ability to add new services and applications like gaming, multi-screen usages including the ability to watch your pay TV on Ultrabook™ devices and all-in-one PCs, and a platform that allows rapid deployment. To address these needs, Intel will launch the Intel® Media Server Reference Design (MSRD) at TV Connect.
The MSRD is both a hardware and software design kit for OEMs and system integrators that allow them to quickly develop Intel-based set-top boxes and media servers. Intel has pre-integrated components such as a media engine, broadcast stacks, virtualization, and motion control technology so that validation testing time is reduced and time-to-market is accelerated. The MSRD is based on the Intel® Atom™ processor CE5300, a dual core Atom-based SOC that supports hyperthreading, virtualization, an advanced 3D/2D graphics engine, integrated power management, and a H.264 B-picture hardware encoder.
Intel is working with a number of companies to provide technologies to create the latest set-top boxes and media servers. The MSRD features Futarque’s DVB-T2/T/C broadcast and media sharing stacks, Videon Central’s aVia media engine, and includes Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace® Motion Engine™ software to enable a motion remote control. Additionally, the hardware platform designed by Prodrive can quickly become production ready. The MSRD will be available in April 2013 from Intel and through our distribution partner Videon Central.
If you’ll be at TV Connect in London, stop by booth 39 and see Intel!