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The set-top-box (STB), the electronic box designed to deliver content to the TV, continues to evolve. Originally used by only cable, satellite, and IPTV service providers to deliver video and audio content to the home these boxes have begun to morph in size, source of content, and now function.
Amazon recently released the Fire TV: a STB that delivering over-the-top (OTT) content and streaming gaming capabilities into a single box. “The Fire TV is equipped with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card. The set-top box can also predict which shows you want to watch, queuing them up for instant streaming without waiting for the video to load.” Asthetically, the box is taking its cues from Apple and Roku..Missing, however, is a reliable connection to the Internet like MoCA, which seems odd since this is a video and gaming streaming platform. Click here to read more
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The service provider TV industry continues to evolve. Two industry leaders, Comcast and Apple, are in discussions to provide a new service to the consumer according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). According to the WSJ, the talks are in the early stages and there are many hurdles to overcome.
Comcast is a leader in the cable industry, supplying TV content and services to over 21 Million homes in North America (according to SNL). Apple, a leader in the consumer electronics industry, is looking to improve the consumers TV watching experience by having the cable company separate the OTT (over the top) service from standard internet traffic coming the home, according to the Journal. Previously, Apple has had similar discussions with Time Warner. If you want to read more about Apple and Comcast, click hereto see article from Huffingtonpost.
OTT has become a popular means of streaming content over the internet. Popular OTT products are AppleTV, RoKu and popular services are Netflix, iTunes, and Hulu. Currently, Comcast uses MoCA in their xfinity X1 platform to enable watch TV from any room. Adding MoCA to any OTT service will improve the consumer viewing experience.
Gaming has become a mainstay of the North American household. Lead by Sony, Nintendo, and later Microsoft, game boxes first entertained users with mesmerizing games. However, the box continues to morph adding capabilities like online gaming, video streaming, TV watching, social networking, and many other capabilities and uses. However, game boxes are more than about the game, they have become our everyday reality.
In the recent announcement by Amazon and Google, the game box takes on a new shape, the game stick. The idea of taking something popular and sexing it up isn’t new. Google last year introduced Chromecast and Roku introduced the $49 streaming stick. These compete with apple TV and older Roku platforms; and the sticks have really shaken up the market. Therefore, creating a gaming solution in this form factor really isn’t that farfetched.
However, gaming really isn’t just about the form factor, it’s about the experience. Gamers’ alike need the fastest connection to their console or stick. And the experience is about how close the game comes to reality and not about a reality of the network lag. This is where MoCA has the upper hand; deliver high quality, high speed network connectivity by adding no new wires. What a great concept!
MoCA continues to reach new milestones of successes. Earlier this year, the MoCA alliance announced the availability of a MoCA 2.0 certification program. This is where companies certify their products to ensure compatibly across suppliers.
On 2/28/14, an announcement of first MoCA 2.0 certified product from Netgear was made. The WM2500RP is a MoCA 2.0 and Wi-fi adapter. The product is designed to improve whole home wireless coverage using MoCA as the backbone. According to ABI Research, a technology research firm, MoCA will be available in more than 25 million homes. Read the full announcement by clicking here
The retail market continues to grow with MoCA adapters. Recently, Arris/Motorola introduced the SBM1000 MoCA adapter kit. Known as the Surboard Smart Video Adapters, the kit includes two devices and all the hardware required to install your MoCA to adapters in your home. The kit say’s its compatible with cable, Verizon, and direcTV networks. Despite not saying on the box, the kit should also work on most cable networks including ATT and others. Dish networks, however, require a different filter so this adapter is not compatible.
Recently, NewEgg started carrying these adapters. They created this great video explaining MoCA, the SBM1000, and demonstrating how easy they are to install. Checkout the video. The kit is also being sold at Best Buy. Check the adapters out – I bought one and they are great!
Many people ask what is MoCA. Most responses are a cup of Joe or Java. However, MoCA (Multimedia of Coax Alliance) is a worldwide accepted wired networking technology, initially for home entertainment networking, capable of delivering the fastest networking connection to any device needing to reach the internet.
As consumer viewing habits evolve, the market demands networking solutions that are future proof. Streaming your favorite show from the cloud, OTT services from Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, or “out of this world” gaming experiences all demand low latency, high bandwidth, error free network connections – this where MoCA excels.
Surfing the Internet I ran into this article from Jason Palmer discussing MoCA. Take a moment and read it; he gives a good explanation of MoCA.
WebTV lives on. Co-Founder, Steve Perlman invented the concept back in 1995 along with fellow partners Bruce Leak and Phil Goldman. Nineteen years later, the concept has blossomed to include OTT, cloud services, TV everywhere and other services yet to be seen.
Recently, Verizon acquired the Intel Media assets that include OnCue (a combination of cloud assets) that are planned to bring life back into Verizon. The OnCue acquisition, along with an investment in CDN Edgecast, helps Verizon enhance its WebTV position. Within the home, Verizon is likely to use MoCA to connect their OnCue solutions from within the home to the outside world. MoCA enables the best in home network connection.