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Amazon’s Streaming Gaming Console

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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 

April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Apple and Comcast, the next generation TV service

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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.

April 9, 2014 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Amazon and Google Team up for Gaming

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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! 

March 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Netgear MoCA 2.0 Certification

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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

March 3, 2014 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

Motorola/Arris SBM1000 MoCA Adapter kit

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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!

February 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Verizon, the next WebTV

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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.

February 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

ULTRA HD Coming in 2014

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Ultra High Definition (U HD), or 4K as it’s commonly referred to, is coming to us soon.  Consumers are slowly turning to 4K and buying 4K TV sets but where is the content?  And, According to technology blogger Peter Nowak some, “Streaming ultra HD will likely require a dedicated connection of about 15 megabits per second, which translates into about 7 gigabytes of usage per hour…”  To get those data rates reliably to the 4K TV set, consumers should consider adding a MoCA connection to their home network to get a cleanest No New Wires connection from their modem to the TV. 

Coming to the rescue is Netflix – at least from the content perspective.  In an article in CMO read what industry insiders have to say about 4K, the challenges, and what’ happening regarding content at Netflix.  See complete article by clicking here

December 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Motorola Surfboard SBG6782-AC Gateway by ARRIS

 

Check out this revolutionary gateway product: A single box with the DOCSIS 3.0 + 802.11AC and MoCA 1.1.  Upgrade your home’s gateway to DOCSIS 3.0 and enable a high-speed Ethernet network via your home’s coaxial cabling by using MoCA 1.1.  Use this network to stream high quality HDTV video to any room in your home.  MoCA 1.1 delivers 175Mbps of uninterrupted bandwidth to where you need it, i.e. your connected TV and Blu-ray player to get the best Netflix, Hulu, or other OTT service experience. Additionally, the MoCA 1.1 network off loads congestion often found on WiFi.  This improves the users overall WiFi experience on tablets and other mobile devices.  Finally, get connected directly to your gateway from any room by adding a MoCA ECA (Ethernet cable adapter) or WECA (Wireless Ethernet Cable Adapter) in that room.  No need to run a long Ethernet cable draped across the floor.  The SBG6782 can be purchased at Best Buy and Target.  Image

October 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

MoCA, A Great Way to Supercharge PS4

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The newly unveiled PlayStation 4 (PS4) is “Sony’s most powerful platform ever” according to Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Andrew House.   However, it will be the PS4’s ability to stay attuned to consumer’s changing behavior and the gamer’s change of play that will make it standout.  One of PS4’s priorities is “ease of access regardless of location or device” that will drive the need for a robust home network. Adding a MoCA coax to Ethernet adapter in the home can bring out the best of the platform’s capabilities.

Clearly, Sony’s ambition for PlayStation 4 to deliver a revolutionary experience for gamers and average consumers relies on reaching the Internet reliably and consistently.  PS4 promises a new way to receive games, to deliver and view content, a new gamer’s social networking with real-time peer interactivity – all delivered through the Internet.  Bringing the Internet directly to the PS4 is the only way to take advantages of these new and exciting features.

The consumer’s PS4 experience will certainly be influenced by the performance of their in-home network.  Using Wi-Fi to connect the PS4 to the Internet is the way that first comes to mind.  However, with Wi-Fi’s range challenges, contention with cellular phone radios for the same frequency band and bandwidth, its proximity with microwave ovens, and the sharing of bandwidth with DECT wireless phones, Wi-Fi could be PS4’s Achilles heel.  Contrary, MoCA Ethernet adapters are not affected by these constraints and can provide a direct connection to the internet without adding new any wires.

Today,“Gaming consoles have transformed into entertainment hubs for people to stream movies or YouTube videos” from the internet. Unknown to most consumers, MoCA networks already exist in many US pay-TV cable, satellite and Verizon FIOS homes. Many of these game consoles can already be found in these MoCA enabled homes (cable, satellite, and IP STB’s that support multi-room DVR).  Adding a MoCA adapter to the back of a PlayStation 4 brings the Internet directly to the back of the game console and connects it to the existing MoCA network. Once on the network the game console can also be used for sharing photos, home movies and any other personal media on the TV.

Moreover, MoCA is not solely applicable to MoCA enabled households.  MoCA can be added to any household with an Internet connection and cable TV wiring – otherwise known as coax wires. In the US, for example, over 90% of the homes have coax that can support MoCA.  Therefore in the majority of homes, the Internet can be extended directly to where it’s being used (living room, bedroom, den, family room) vs. receiving it from across the house wirelessly where the signal can be greatly attenuated due to the distance and obstructions such as walls and floors.

Gaming consoles capable of video streaming have become an integral part of our lives and we expect PS4 to affect us similarly.  Designed to entertain, these consoles have become gateways of electronic interactivity that take us to different places, sometimes to different worlds through the power of our imagination, some software, maybe a cloud, but certainly through the Internet.  However, existing home networking technologies have left us wanting more.  Limited network speed and the lack of available bandwidth have forced us to accept poor images, buffering, and dropped programs.  But MoCA can change that.

Today MoCA delivers up to 175 Mbps for on-demand, interactive games, and the streaming of video’s and music through the homes cable TV wiring.  The fact that MoCA is the choice of most multi-room DVR companies for networking is a strong endorsement of its capabilities.  In the very near future, MoCA will reach speeds of 1 Gbps.   Who knows what else the future will bring us with a blazing network connection, maybe holographic characters in our home?  Remember, all we want is great user experience: no delays!  No buffering! No stuck downloads – MoCA is here today.

March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm 2 comments

USA Today: Mini TiVo may make you fall back in love with TiVo

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After a long wait it’s finally here!  The TiVo Mini is the first non-DVR set-top box with the TiVo badge, and MoCA makes it all possible.  Now you only need 1 DVR and can add Mini’s in every room where you want the TiVo service.  USA Today gave the Mini a test drive and MoCA fit right in:

The other recommended alternative is to take advantage of something called MoCA, not a coffee-flavored drink but rather networking technology. I was lucky. MoCA, which stands for Multimedia over Coax Alliance, is built into my FiOS router. So all I had to do was connect a coax cable to the Mini.

Read the full review here.

 

March 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

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