Not to be outdone by the press surrounding Comcast's X1/X2 set top update, Time Warner Cable says that the company is accelerating the deployment of their own cloud-driven DVR set top with an improved graphic user interface. According to a company press statement, the updates are currently available on 2 million Time Warner Cable customer set tops, with the update being made available to 6 million customers by the end of 2014. As it stands, these updates only feature a "cloud-based program guide;" cloud-based DVR functionality and remote program network storage is something Time Warner Cable is still working on, but should start appearing in volume sometime in 2014.
I know Brighthouse and Time Warner are two separate companies, but I am curious when the rollout of the cloud driven DVR for them will be available. I have been told by a few technicians that it should be happening sometime in 2014. I would love a new graphical interface, the current one is very outdated. We need 16:9 guide!
from the looks of it ODN 7.2.0_5 seems to be the same as previous versions except features are cloud based most of the guide software is stored on the box. I would not be surprised if the guide data is not stored and is queued from the server when you hit guide as the DCX3510M can go out 7 days right after it is rebooted also I have a hunch other features are server based: guide color switch (has a bug saying that either classic or new is unavailable at this time) advanced search poster art
really there is still a local client on the box not really a thin client but they are working towards that.
2013-Dec-20 1:37 pm: ·
cypherstream Premium,MVM join:2004-12-02 Reading, PA kudos:3
Yeah well some boxes can't display more than 256 colors in 640x480 graphics, but yet they can display HD signals. So my thought is that with their SDV network, they just open a QAM to your box and you display that the entire time its on. The tuning for the foreground tuner is done in the headend with the proper true color hd graphics overlay, and the background tuners for DVR would be done locally. Then button presses go upstream to the server and since they can sort of run a VDI / Citrix like setup where its processed there, where all the horsepower is, and sent do your assigned QAM.
Wait, isn't TWC one of those companies trying to push usage caps? Kind of flies in the face of keeping everything in the cloud and having to pay every time you want to access your data...oh wait, I get it now.
TWC is currently upping the bandwidth on the downstream and upstream in many areas right now. TWC is trying to get QAM64 upstreams at 6.4MHz wide channels in many areas slowly but surely and expand from 4 to 8 downstream DOCSIS channels
What they are doing right now is essentially moving processing off board so your program guide/etc is essentially a VDI (remote desktop). All rendering happens in Navisite DC, etc. This is not unprecedented. There are lots of gaming startups that are rendering 3D in the cloud. Eventually as networks become faster, more processing will move into the cloud, barring caps slowing that down.
his allows them to upgrade in the cloud and keep using the anemic processors they have in their STB. Makes sense, and ultimately move "tuners" to the cloud without actually having to upgrade hardware.
The downside to this of course is that they will need to traffic shape and put STB API's in real-time priority class like say the phone and if you have any network blips, well guess what your guide freezes.
And when they get actual cloud DVR functionality it is unknown if they will like say disable skipping, and will have enough bandwidth for all that P2P data traffic. Surely it will be compressed or transcoded and PQ will go down. I mean everyone needs caps because there isn't enough bandwidth, except to say stream DVRs in the cloud????
This means that TWC will need to be disiplined w/ change control and smoke testing, otherwise their DVRs will turn into the HHS website...
we already have cloud based DVR what are you guys talking about Startover/Lookback is cloud DVR light as it is run via storage at the TWC headend and has DVR capability except you can't fast forward or record. This is the first stage or cloud DVR.