Thursday, July 30, 2015

We're headed to the mountains!

Alticast is headed to Keystone, CO next week for the CableLabs Summer Conference on August 3-5. We will have a booth set up demonstrating our AltiPlex Cloud Service Platform featuring Cloud UI (ask us about our Cloud DVR as well), IoT Solutions on RDK, and AltiProtect on multiscreen devices. We will also have on display our award-winning HDMI Media Express. Please stop by our booth to check it out.

Our President and CTO, John Carlucci, will be participating in a panel discussion on Monday, August 3 at 2:45p.m. on Media Accessibility. John will be speaking on new technology improvements that have been, and are being made to help make the media viewing experience more accessible and interactive. These new designs are targeted not only to those suffering from hearing and visual impairments, but also to people suffering from cognitive and aging issues. Tom Wlodkowski,Vice President, Accessibility for Comcast Cable; and Diane Burstein, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association will also be on the panel.  If you are there, please check it out. It's going to be an interesting discussion!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alticast Sponsors the RDK Training Summit at CableLabs

Alticast partnered with CableLabs and RDK this past week by sponsoring the RDK Training Summit at the CableLabs headquarters in Louisville, CO. This three-day event offered training sessions introducing the RDK architecture, Yocto build system and to provide a deeper insight into the individual RDK components. The event was a mix of lectures, demonstrations and interactive exercises to familiarize the attendees with building, developing, debugging and testing of RDK solutions.

Alticast sponsored by the opening night evening cocktail session. Our RDK Product Manager, Mark Johnson, demo'd our technology using the RDK platform at our table set up during the cocktail hour. He also presented, along with Bum-joon Kim, Integrating RDK with Back-end Subsystems & Application Framework, during the Wednesday afternoon session.

Alticast's Bum-joon Kim and Mark Johnson present "Integrating RDK with Back-End Subsystems & Application Framework."
Our next event will take the team to the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, CO on August 2-4. We will be demonstrating our Cloud Services platform, RDK-IoT, and DRM, Android Application Framework. If you are attending and would like to meet with our team, please email us at to reserve a time.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Improving content security for 4K and UHD - Industry execs weigh in

In a recent e-brief written by FierceCable, Alticast's SVP of Technology and chief architect, Bill Helms, weighs in on the topic of UHD content security for 4K and UHD. Find out why AES-128 is the industry's baseline for securing this content and why is isn't foolproof. Also, be sure to read how one of our customer's, CJ Heliovision, used our AltiProtect™ UHD to ensure secure delivery of their UHD programming.

To download the e-brief, click here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Set-Top Box: Cable’s IoT Secret Weapon

We’ve been long-time fans of the IoT (Internet of Things) and the opportunities it presents for cable operators, and based on articles from FierceCable and Engadget – which reference a white paper by our own Susan Crouse – it looks like others are starting to take notice.

Most consumers use set-top boxes to control their TV viewing experience, but what about other devices? With this gateway device already in place, cable operators can easily offer services that connect everything from your dishwasher and your thermostat to your security cameras.

Rather than downloading a new smartphone app to manually control each IoT device in one’s home, cable boxes could well provide a connected landscape where IoT devices can talk to one another without human interaction. This solution will revolutionize the smart home, further setting cable operators apart from competition who don’t offer an IoT hub.

These articles echo what we’ve known all along: that cable boxes will become the singular hub to connect the smart home.

Image via Engadget