Video device platforms

Transform the user experience on the TV with high-quality video devices

Pay-TV service providers are seeking to deliver differentiated experiences to the main screen in the home (the TV) that attract and retain customers. This requires solutions that deliver a consistent, reliable experience and allow for accelerated innovation and deployment.

Challenges and opportunities

The set-top is evolving

Set-tops enable service providers to consistently deliver high-quality, secure, premium video services with apps and web services, such as Netflix® and YouTube®, into our homes. Devices with the processing power, configurability and connectivity options enable service providers to rapidly evolve their services to keep their subscribers’ attention.

CommScope is evolving the set-top with Smart Media Devices, a new category of devices that integrates speaker, smart assistant, and far-field voice command technology into a single piece of hardware—presenting service providers with an exciting new framework for personalized and aggregated services in entertainment, e-health, education, utilities, productivity, and more.


Driving the consumer experience

For service providers, the user experience on the TV is an important part of their brand. A set-top manages that experience as a platform on which the service provider’s experience can be built—including co-hosted services such as Netflix™, exclusive services, etc., ensuring:

  • The service provider’s screen is the first and primary screen interface consumers see when turning on a TV
    • Consumers won’t need to scroll through a list to find the service provider app—or change TV inputs
    • Consumers do not leave the platform to consume content from another provider—meaning service providers won’t lose revenue, usage data, or the relationship
  • A consistent user experience for all customers, regardless of the make of TV—giving the ability to specify the Wi-Fi connection to ensure the quality of HD, 4K and future video standards
  • One remote to control all services, allowing the service provider to specify the functions on the remote control, like voice control or IoT features
  • Easy integration of third-party OTT services and apps within the user interface due to standardized platforms and the integration capabilities of CommScope
  • A choice of content protection, making it easier to obtain rights to high-value content
  • Easily implement remote management and service monitoring tools
  • Streamlined testing and support
  • No need to keep pace with the growing number of TV models that a TV app would require

Evolving the service

The latest set-top platforms enhance the consumer experience with:

  • A richer user interface, with more detail and 3D graphics
  • UltraHD content with a wide color gamut, higher frame rates and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Improved surround sound
  • Smaller set-tops and Bluetooth® Low Energy remote controls that allow the set-top to be completely hidden from sight
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for easier installation and flexible location of the set-top
  • Smart Media Devices with voice assistance that make the TV the center of the smart home—a platform for personalized and aggregated services in entertainment, e-health, education, utilities, productivity, and more
  • Reduced environment impact: lower power consumption, use of recycled plastics and removal of single-use plastic packaging

For service providers, set-tops reduce the costs of content delivery and support by:

  • Supporting higher efficiency video encoding, including HEVC and VC-1, to reduce network bandwidth demands
  • Being wireless connected, simplifying installation
  • Being able to be remotely managed for configuration, diagnostics, analytics and software updates
  • Supporting IP VOD services:
    • Reduce content license costs and/or access larger VOD content catalogs from third parties
    • Provide cloud-based recording, removing the cost of a DVR


Additional resources

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  • Case Study: Professional Services: software development and customization

    This case study looks at CommScope services to help a PacRim service provider support legacy set-top boxes and match the video services offered by competitors.
  • Breathing New Life Into Older Set Top Boxes with Virtualization

    For any service provider with a large installed base, it is often a technical challenge to enhance the functionality of set-top boxes that have already been deployed. But with the rapidly changing dynamics and requirements in the video delivery marketplace, doing so is becoming critical as they seek to evolve the types of experiences they can deliver to their customers. But by virtualizing set-top functions in the cloud, these service providers can bring new functions and services to their complete set-top lineup. These include: • Adding new streaming sources for VOD and OTT applications • Providing a richer VOD interface than current middleware or backend systems can provide • Bringing all devices up to a common interface, while easing the transition to IP video • Enabling new non-video applications on the set-top box This article will explore the many new opportunities associated with virtualized set-top box functionality, and discuss the integration requirements and device implications of this exciting new solution.


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