ViXS partners with MaxLinear, Morega Systems and GIEC on 'EasyOTA' dual streamer

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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ViXS Systems Partners with MaxLinear, Morega Systems and GIEC on New “EasyOTA” Dual Streaming Solution

  • This collaboration results in a new innovative OEM-ready OTA streaming solution for branding and CE companies looking to enter the growing OTA market and extend their existing product lines

TORONTO, ON — ViXS Systems Inc. (“ViXS” or the “Company”) (TSX: VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, announces their collaboration with MaxLinear, Morega Systems and GEIC on a Dual Tuner Over-the-Air (OTA) Streaming OEM Ready solution called “EasyOTA”. The “EasyOTA” streaming solution is a new design with an easy to use user interface that converts ATSC OTA signals and transforms them to an Internet Protocol (IP) format that can be viewed on a variety of multimedia devices such as smart phones, tablets and Over-the-Top (OTT) media players. The “EasyOTA” product is available for orders now with samples available in Q1 2017 and production in Q2 2017.

The “EasyOTA” solution provides an easy and seamless way for everyday consumers to view up to 150+ channels (depending on your location) of free broadcast video content on their existing home media devices. With no contracts to sign, consumers will have access to their favorite TV shows, local news and sports using the “EasyOTA” Dual solution. When bundled with Internet and streaming services like SlingTV, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, consumers now have access to additional premium video and TV show content, making the overall solution a cost effective alternative to existing subscriber based services. Most TV viewers watch between 10-12 channels the majority of the time. With over 50% of those channels being available via OTA, and when combined with existing OTT services, the “EasyOTA” solution becomes a must-have for cord cutters.

At the heart of this streaming solution is ViXS’ recently announced XCode 5516 chipset providing highly advance dual transcoding technology with unprecedented delivery of free HDTV OTA video content to multiple video devices.

MaxLinear a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits was instrumental in the development of the “EasyOTA” solution by providing their expertise in RF and tuner technology. Their MXL603 ATSC Tuner IC is a key component used in the solution to provide the highest quality ATSC tuner reception possible based on the location.

Morega Systems a proven provider of media mobility software solutions was also a key contributor to “EasyOTA”, by providing the advanced OTA Media Server along with the full suite of applications for video playback.

GIEC a leading company in consumer electronics product manufacturing leveraged their 17 years of CE product development expertise to manufacture the “EasyOTA” solution. The low power, small form factor design with compact enclosure has been designed specifically for CE companies looking to release a groundbreaking OTA streaming product.

“We’re seeing a renaissance in OTA demand with more and more consumers requesting live, free local broadcast channels to complement their existing OTT platforms,” said Will Torgerson, MaxLinear Vice President & General Manager of the Broadband Group. “The MxL60x is optimized for this market, offering industry leading features and performance. We’re excited to be part of innovative products like EasyOTA that deliver a great user experience.”

“The “EasyOTA” solution is a complete turn-key system allowing OEMs to quickly and easily enter the cord cutter market”, said Ashraf Tahir, CEO of Morega Systems. “By providing consumers access to their local TV markets, the “EasyOTA” solution fills the void left by and complements very well new OTT Live TV Streaming subscription services.”

“GEIC is a first-class electronics enterprise and high-tech company that has been engaged in the R&D, production and distribution of consumer electronics since 1999,” said Aileen Liu, Vice General Manager Director of DTV Dept. of Shenzhen GIEC Electronic. “With such strong partners and with our manufacturing expertise, the “EasyOTA” product will establish itself as an innovative new product resulting in market growth for our existing and new customers.”

“ViXS is excited to have the opportunity to work with these advanced technology partners on this latest OTA initiative which will allow CE and branding companies a unique opportunity to enter a growing market segment,” said Anselmo Pilla, Senior Director of Marketing, ViXS Systems Inc. “The recently announced XCode 5516 was at the heart of the “EasyOTA” solution, with its market leading transcoding and tuner support, this powerful solution will resonate with all cord cutter customers.”

EasyOTA Features:

  • Dual ATSC OTA reception
  • Ethernet and Wi-Fi streaming
  • Dual Hardware 1080i HD to 1080p HD real-time transcoding
  • Support for local Networked DVR
  • Support for iOS and Android clients along with Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire and other Media Player devices
  • Low Power / Small Form Factor design

ViXS will be showcasing all of its OTA streaming solutions at CES 2017, January 5th to 8th in the ViXS booth MP26056, in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), South Hall 2, Lower Level.