NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cable has been working on Wi-Fi gateways to combine IP video and advanced Wi-Fi for the home. While providing many challenges, these new Wi-Fi gateways offer numerous possibilities, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider (www.heavyreading.com/cable), a subscription research service from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).
Look Ma, No Wires: New Wi-Fi Gateways Take Video Airborne discusses the new line of gateways and their implications for the future of this market. It includes profiles of 12 suppliers of advanced set-top boxes (STBs) and gateways, focusing particularly on their wireless strategies.
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"For the past several years, the cable industry has been working on combining the traditional STB and cable modem into a powerful gateway platform that can handle both TV signals and high-speed Internet," notes Craig Leddy, research analyst with Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider and author of the report. "New, Wi-Fi-enabled 'unified gateways,' as some are calling them, can serve as media centers inside the home for all types of media and video devices."
Cable's developing strategies with wireless offer intriguing possibilities, Leddy says. "The wireless video gateways, along with cable's continuing reliance on IP technologies and RDK, will enable cable providers to establish a powerful IP platform for cloud DVR, branded user interfaces, VoD and linear TV on thin client receivers and any Wi-Fi-connected devices," he continues. "Cable providers will need to engage in vigilant performance monitoring to assure a QoE for customers."
Key findings of Look Ma, No Wires: New Wi-Fi Gateways Take Video Airborne include the following:
- Cable's development of whole-home gateways has entered a new phase as MSOs seek to leverage their IP and Wi-Fi capabilities.
- MSOs are seeking to combine IP video with advanced Wi-Fi to provide wireless video and cloud-based apps inside the home.
- New video-optimized "unified gateways" are also a visible sign of cable's adoption of RDK, the SoC-rooted open-source software platform for new devices.
- MSOs are continuing their rapid deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots, which are being combined into community Wi-Fi networks.
- Using Wi-Fi for video poses many challenges, but the technology's capabilities continue to improve.
- By combining IP, RDK and Wi-Fi, MSOs are creating a powerful cloud-based service platform.
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