Inverto ships Entropic-based Unicable multi-switch to DTH operator in India

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 
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Inverto Ships Entropic-Based Unicable Multi-Switch to a Major Satellite Operator in India for Support of Multi-Dwelling Unit Subscribers

NEW DELHI, India — 22nd Convergence India 2014 Conference — Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, and Inverto Digital Labs, a leader in broadcast reception and streaming products, today announced a major direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operator in India has deployed Inverto’s Quad Unicable™ multi-switch based on Entropic’s proven, third-generation Channel Stacking Switch (CSS), the EN5288. By implementing Inverto’s Quad Unicable multi-switch, the operator can enhance TV viewing experiences of Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) subscribers by enabling multiple tuners and viewing locations off a single-cable run from the trunk system that already exists in the building.

Inverto’s Unicable multi-switch with Entropic CSS technology enables the DBS operator to significantly reduce satellite installation costs by sending multiple video streams from multiple satellites into and around the home – over a single-cable feed. This simplified cabling approach allows the operator to deploy set-top boxes (STBs), with multiple tuner capabilities, in multiple rooms, without adding additional cabling by using the existing single-cable run from the MDU’s trunk.

The new multi-switch leverages the industry standard CENELEC EN50494, which facilitates the delivery of broadcast programming to a maximum of eight STBs over a single coaxial cable. This in turn allows operators who have incorporated the standard into their STBs ahead of deployment to future-proof subscribers’ in-home networks allowing seamless deployment of DVR and multi-room solutions – at any time – with CSS products.

“We are working with a major India-based DBS operator who is taking a unique single-cable architecture approach to delivering entertainment and advanced services into the homes of its subscribers,” said Gil Laifer, Senior Director of Products, Inverto Digital Labs. “By implementing our Unicable products with Entropic’s advanced CSS technology, operators can increase average revenue per user, improve subscriber satisfaction and have the ability to reduce churn. Specifically, Unicable products allow upgrading services to users in multi-dwelling units without the need to change the single cabling architecture which is prevalent across the Indian market. These savings for the operator can be of a significant order.”

Entropic’s EN5288 is a widely-deployed CSS solution that significantly reduces both the cost and complexity of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) installations. Designed to address both MDU and Single Family Unit (SFU) requirements, the integrated circuit solution offers the lowest bill of material (BoM) component count, smallest package size and adds key advancements in power-efficiency.

“Our CSS technology continues to be the global standard for DBS single-cable architectures,” said Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. “Deploying our technology with long-term partner Inverto in the India satellite market is proof that service providers recognize the opportunity to deliver more entertainment and increase service offerings – all through the simplified single-cable approach.”