Looking to take advantage of the increasing popularity of hybrid set-top boxes that combine IPTV and broadcast service in regions of strong broadband penetration, UK-based technology company 3view has partnered with MaxLinear to rollout the HD Digital TV Recorder from 3view, a hybrid IPTV and DVB-T2 set top box.
The unit includes a 500GB hard drive, dual MxL5007T DVB-T2 broadcast tuners and broadband connectivity. The receiver enables consumers to view and record a wide variety of free content in the UK, including 50+ TV channels, all free-to-air HD channels, YouTube videos, and other IPTV content. The integrated Sky Player and BBC iPlayer allow users to "catch up" on previously broadcast TV shows on these two networks. In addition, the receiver provides a simple user interface to view personal photos and home videos, stream digital music, and interact with friends & family through Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.
"The number of total hybrid set-top box shipments of all types is forecast to grow to nearly 86.9 million units worldwide by 2015," said Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IMS Research.
The MxL5007T has a flexible output intermediate frequency (IF) ranging from 4 to 44 MHz to support a wide variety of demodulators for DVB-T2, ATSC, ATSC M/H, and ISDB-T applications. An integrated on-chip loop-through function greatly simplifies STB designs for multi-tuner applications such as PVRs, media servers/gateways, and televisions supporting picture-in-picture.
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