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telcodad
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Re: [STB] Cisco thinking of getting out of the set-top box busin

Well, while some manufacturers might still be considering getting out of the STB business, a new company, iNovo, has just been started up by some former Cisco and SA employees:

Ex-Cisco Execs Form Cable Set-Top Startup
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - June 1, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable



cypherstream
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Hope they use multi-core arm processors. I'm tired of these underperforming sub 300 MHz set top boxes.

Sad when a modern smartphone has more computing power in the palm of your hand. Quadcore Cortex A15 MPCore at 2 GHz is around 20,000 DMIPS which would run circles around a Brodcom BCM7405 at 1100 DMIPS. And you wonder why the guide sucks and is so sloooowww.



mikedz4

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looking at their product list they don't offer dvrs. I doubt many operators would want to buy into a company that doesn't offer dvrs but I could be wrong.



yyzlhr

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Yeah, Cisco really seems to be lagging behind. Here in Canada, in Rogers land, they've deployed Cisco 4642 and 8642 STBs with Cisco's own Videoscape firmware and it is all form no function. It looks gorgeous but it is exceptionally buggy and is severely lacking in features.



telcodad
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Meanwhile, there continues to be more and more activity at the new company started by former SA/Cisco employees - iNovo Broadband:

Harney takes helm at broadband start-up
By Brian Santo, CED Magazine - August 21, 2012
»www.cedmagazine.com/news/2012/08···start-up

As the article says:

Financial analysts have been questioning Cisco’s commitment to CPE for some time. Meanwhile, since Google’s acquisition of Motorola for its patent portfolio, questions have been swirling about whether Google intends to keep Motorola’s cable equipment operation.

That so many executives formerly with Cisco/SA have banded to establish a competitor in the same product space will ensure that those questions continue to be asked.

iNovo Broadband has announced little about its operations beyond its product portfolio, though [former Cisco exec Benny] Hsu's title [VP of manufacturing partners] implies that iNovo will be following the common business model of designing products but farming out their construction to contract manufacturers.

The company's products include cable modems and gateways, cable DTAs and set-tops, satellite set-tops, and IPTV set-tops.

EDIT: Also, on the LR Cable site: »www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable


telcodad
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An item on the Light Reading Cable site today with the latest news on iNovo Broadband:

iNovo Starts Its Run at Cisco & Motorola
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - September 14, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable



telcodad
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In this recent blog item on the Multichannel News site, it says that Cisco sees standalone set-top boxes disappearing within about 10 years, but until then, they will remain a key piece of business for them:

Cisco's De Beer: Set-Tops Will Die in a Decade
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - September 19, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/blogs/bit-r···e-decade


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said by telcodad:

In this recent blog item on the Multichannel News site, it says that Cisco sees standalone set-top boxes disappearing within about 10 years, but until then, they will remain a key piece of business for them:

Cisco's De Beer: Set-Tops Will Die in a Decade
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - September 19, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/blogs/bit-r···e-decade

If the MSOs (including sat and U-Verse) get off their 'we want to own the customer interface' kick and come up with an IP standard for TV delivery, sure. Otherwise, no.


telcodad
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An item on the Light Reading Cable site tonight with news on iNovo Broadband getting approval for a DOCSIS 3.0 modem & wireless gateway device:

iNovo Makes a Bigger Docsis 3.0 Play
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - November 27, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable



telcodad
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said by GTFan:

said by telcodad:

In this recent blog item on the Multichannel News site, it says that Cisco sees standalone set-top boxes disappearing within about 10 years, but until then, they will remain a key piece of business for them:

Cisco's De Beer: Set-Tops Will Die in a Decade
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - September 19, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/blogs/bit-r···e-decade

If the MSOs (including sat and U-Verse) get off their 'we want to own the customer interface' kick and come up with an IP standard for TV delivery, sure. Otherwise, no.

Is this another step in the eventual elimination of the set-top box?

Concurrent Helps Cable Connect to Smart TVs
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - November 28, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable

Concurrent's press release: »phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zht···=1762452

GTFan

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said by telcodad:

said by GTFan:

said by telcodad:

In this recent blog item on the Multichannel News site, it says that Cisco sees standalone set-top boxes disappearing within about 10 years, but until then, they will remain a key piece of business for them:

Cisco's De Beer: Set-Tops Will Die in a Decade
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - September 19, 2012
»www.multichannel.com/blogs/bit-r···e-decade

If the MSOs (including sat and U-Verse) get off their 'we want to own the customer interface' kick and come up with an IP standard for TV delivery, sure. Otherwise, no.

Is this another step in the eventual elimination of the set-top box?

Concurrent Helps Cable Connect to Smart TVs
By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - November 28, 2012
»www.lightreading.com/document.as···lr_cable

Concurrent's press release: »phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zht···=1762452

Delivering linear channels over IP should mean defined open access standards so a device maker such as Tivo doesn't have to roll up a new access method for every provider, but that requires a standards-making (or enforcing) body to be there. Given the complete rollover of the FCC to their AllVid proposal, who will that be? It sure as hell shouldn't be CableLabs - this issue goes beyond cable and should involve sat and telco providers as well.

Which again, cries out for FCC involvement to make sure a standard is set and adhered to, but they're nowhere to be found. Again. They don't have to be the creator or maintainer, just the enforcer, same as with CableCard today.

Take a look at this thread, for example - Charter is trying to get a waiver to do an end-run around CableCard with their own proprietary downloadable security. Not an IP issue, but same thing.

»www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/sh···t=496898


telcodad
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The set-top box: the Rasputin of home electronics
By Jim Barthold, FierceIPTV - December 4, 2012
»www.fierceiptv.com/story/set-top···12-12-04

Like Rasputin, the box has been stabbed, shot and poisoned and has suffered sundry other indignities, but it keeps coming back into a spot of honor somewhere in the vicinity of the television set. Perhaps, like Rasputin, the only way to end a set-top box is to drown it; or maybe blow it up.