ADB introduces 8-tuner wideband hybrid cable HD DVR with Canal Digital

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
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ADB introduces 8-tuner wideband hybrid cable HD DVR – first customer deployment will be with Canal Digital

  • ADB Wideband 8-tuner HD DVR acts as a media hub for content redistribution to multiple devices in the home
  • ADB Wideband also offers fast channel-change functionality and the ability to record multiple channels simultaneously
  • First deployment will be with Norway’s Canal Digital Kabel-tv later this year

GENEVA, Switzerland — Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) [SIX: ADBN] a leading supplier of advanced solutions for the connected home, today announced ADB Wideband, an 8-tuner, hybrid cable HD DVR designed for the multi-screen era that acts as a media hub for the redistribution of content to tablets, smartphones, connected TVs and other set-top boxes. With ADB Wideband, consumers can watch live TV channels on multiple devices in different rooms simultaneously, without running out of tuners.

The first deployment will be with Norway’s Canal Digital Kabel-tv later this year, where subscribers will initially be able to record up to three channels while watching a fourth. At a later date, Canal Digital will enable subscribers to use the DVR as a whole-home media gateway serving multiple devices.

ADB Wideband is an advanced media gateway designed to enable access to live channels, programme recordings and OTT services on multiple devices simultaneously. The availability of multiple tuners also makes it possible to dramatically decrease channel-change times by enabling decoding to begin on the preceding and next channels while channel surfing.

“We chose ADB Wideband because it provides an advanced solution that is destined to be the gateway to home entertainment for many years. It will initially provide our subscribers with a powerful, flexible hybrid HD DVR that over time will evolve to become a media hub for a true multi-screen, multi-room environment. We will start deploying ADB Wideband to customers this Autumn,” said Catharina Kokkim Communications Manager at Canal Digital.

“ADB Wideband represents the future of multi-screen television – something that Canal Digital understands only too well. With this solution, operators such as Canal Digital can offer subscribers the ability to redistribute content to multiple devices around the home, providing them with greater control over how, when and where they view content. This is a prerequisite for the successful transition to multi-screen,” said Krzysztof Biliński, General Manager and Broadcast Division Head at ADB.

Depending on the operator’s business model, ADB Wideband will allow subscribers to connect and distribute content to up to five devices simultaneously. ADB Wideband also features broadband access (DOCSIS) and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as facilitating video transcoding and translating for smaller display devices such as smartphones. The DVR uses ADB’s award-winning Carbo™ user interface and supports both OTT and broadcast content.

ADB Wideband is available now to pay-TV operators.