ADB Announces VC-I Interop

Advanced Digital Broadcast announced that it has successfully completed integration tests of the “Windows Media Video 9 (VC-1)” advanced codec for its set-top-box product line.

ADB conducted the tests with its “IPTV 3100W,” which sports Texas Instruments Inc.'s “TMS320” digital-signal processor.

In other news from the National Association of Broadcasters’ convention, Alpha Networks unveiled its new “AST-1100” Internet-protocol-TV set-top box, which includes the “Equator BSP” system-on-a-chip media processor and “AMD Alchemy Au 1550” network processor.

The set-top can handle HD and standard-definition channels, and it supports MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Expert Group), MPEG 4, VC-1 and H. 264. The box can handle media playback, voice-over-IP voice/videoconferencing and Internet browsing.

SES Americom Inc. signed a deal with Crown Castle Mobile Media to lease Ku-band capacity on its “AMC-9” satellite for CCMM's new DVB-H network. CCMM plans to broadcast live TV to mobile phones and other portable media devices.

Espial Group has integrated its “clientTV” middleware and associated applications with Scientific-Atlanta Inc. set-tops.

And Kasenna Inc. has debuted “LivingRoom v1.2,” an IPTV application that enables broadcast TV, pay-per-view, video-on-demand, digital-video recorders and other interactive applications.