Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 27-09-2011

Connected home networking has gotten a boost from Entropic Communications, which has made a strategic, $10 million investment in Zenverge.

The two will co-develop transcoding solutions and align product roadmaps for the delivery of multiscreen content over a MoCA 2.0 (Multimedia over Coax) home network.

The solutions will combine HD transcoding from Zenverge and MoCA 2.0 performance tools from Entropic, so that pay-TV, over-the-top (OTT) or personal video content can be streamed from a DVR, a network attached storage (NAS) device, or a personal computer (PC) and converted to a format most suitable for viewing on tablets, smartphones or laptops.

The content can either be watched immediately in a connected mode, or later from content stored locally. The products target service providers seeking cost-effective ways to broaden delivery of video content beyond TVs to the second screen.

Zenverge's Entertainment Nexus (ZEN) advanced architecture for HD media processing produces digital media processors capable of transcoding HD content up to four-times faster than real-time, the company said, and up to 30 time faster for lower-resolution content. In addition, the Zenverge media processor cans simultaneously transcode up to four independent HD streams, or up to 16 independent SD streams, along with supporting full encode of HD content.

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 home networking silicon is made for the home networking backbone to distribute bandwidth-intensive content throughout the home.

"With MoCA 1.1 already deployed as the de-facto connected home entertainment standard in the U.S., MoCA 2.0's higher throughput and backward interoperability is perfectly suited to intersect pay-TV provider next generation products and services," the companies said.