Entone Magi™ Takes CATV Over-The-Top

Monday, October 15th, 2012
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CUPERTINO, California — Entone, Inc., a leading provider of Hybrid TV and Connected Home solutions, is unveiling its Magi™ Hybrid CATV Media Gateway at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this week. Magi enables cable operators to deliver an integrated Hybrid TV service that combines live TV, DVR and cloud-based (OTT) services over analog, digital or hybrid cable systems.

Powered by Entone’s FusionTV®, Magi allows cable operators to leverage their existing cable headend system without upfront infrastructure investment to deliver a blend of traditional TV and emerging applications and services. With Magi, cable operators can provide linear and OTT services in a single, operator-branded user interface for a seamless user experience. Magi is a full-featured Hybrid DVR that can easily be integrated with existing cable headend to support a hybrid of analog and digital video delivery systems.

“Service providers struggle with defining whether over-the-top services are a friend or a foe. To a certain extent, their own customers already are making the decision; consumers want services like Netflix, Hulu, and any number of IP-intensive applications,” said Jim O’Neill, a Parks Associates research analyst. “If an operator doesn’t make those services available, they risk losing customers to a provider that does. However, a hybrid service delivery platform allows operators to keep connections in subscribers’ homes, capitalizing on the convergence of traditional Pay-TV and advanced IP services.”

Magi features multiple tuners and flexible DVR options to support the most avid TV enthusiasts. Magi provides CableCARD support to enable compatibility with legacy conditional access systems. It also has an integrated DOCSIS 3.0 modem for supporting video over IP streaming and interactive applications. With MoCA and Wi-Fi support, Magi can easily integrate with existing home networks and broadband services for quick installation. To minimize truck rolls and reduce support costs, Magi provides automatic configuration and remote administration via TR-069.

“Cable operators can make cloud-based services accessible to subscribers without requiring a separate device for linear TV and OTT services,” stated Mark Evensen, Founder and CTO at Entone. “Enabled by FusionTV, Magi allows consumers to receive a richer “Input 1″ TV experience while providing operators a future-proof Hybrid CATV / OTT hardware platform to introduce emerging applications and features to grow their business. Cable operators can now seize the opportunity and exploit OTT to strengthen their relationship with their subscribers.”

Stop by the Entone stand (#827) at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando, Florida to see a live demonstration of the new Magi Hybrid CATV Media Gateway and Entone’s FusionTV solutions.