Hybrid TV and connected home specialist Entone today rolled out a pair of products for the North American market aimed at making it easier for service providers to bring linear and over-the-top content to subscribers.
Its "refreshed" Amulet 400-series hybrid DVR and the Kamai 400-series streaming receiver, which is available in North America for the first time, integrate with existing home networks and allow subscribers to blend and connect to a variety of broadcast and cloud-based services from a single device. Both also support personal media sharing throughout a subscriber's home via a wired or wireless network connection.
Entone founder and CTO Mark Evensen said the 400 series gives end-users a richer user experience. It also offers service providers the opportunity to deliver more revenue-generating services, he said.
Key components of the 400 series, he said, were enhanced management and diagnostics tools, both of which can help operators lower operating costs and improve customer satisfaction.
Those features include an Automatic Configuration Server that helps manage devices, reducing workload and streamlining workflow; Quality of Experience monitoring tools to provide deep inspection of video as it's received at subscribers' homes; and, Entone Ensight, a remote diagnostic application that allows customer service agents to remotely observe and control customer devices, allowing agents to diagnose and correct troubles more quickly .
The update of the Amulet 400-series includes an internal DVR, dual tuners and a front panel clock. Other enhancements include a display that provides clear diagnostic codes and a single button to reset a device to default factory configuration.
The Kamai 400-series is new to N.A., and it is optimized for delivering live broadcast and streaming applications. It offers optional ATSC or QAM tuner for broadcast reception; it supports HomePlug, MoCA, and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), and it also provides CableCARD support for compatibility with legacy conditional access systems.
Entone will be showing the 400 series at TelcoTV 2011 in New Orleans next week.
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