Entone debuts new hybrid TV STBs for North American operators

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 19-10-2011

Entone has released the Amulet 400-series hybrid DVR and the Kamai 400-series streaming receiver for the North American market.
Both devices offer advanced manageability and administration functionality, while giving operators the opportunity to cost-effectively deliver a differentiating TV service that blends linear TV with cloud-based services and over-the-top (OTT) content.
“Enhanced manageability features were an important consideration for selecting the Amulet 400,” said Tom White, executive vice president of network engineering and operations at Consolidated Communications, the 12th largest independent local telephone company in the United States. “It addresses our goals to provide the best-of-class video service in the most efficient way possible.”
Both Amulet and Kamai easily integrate with existing home networks and allow subscribers to blend and connect to a variety of broadcast and cloud-based services—all from a single device, for a seamless user experience. They also support personal media sharing throughout a subscriber’s home via a wired or wireless network connection. Both products feature 2D and 3D graphics acceleration to support increasing demands of sophisticated user interfaces. The 400-series is compatible with popular third-party DRM and middleware.
“Our new 400-series provides end-users a much richer user experience while offering service providers the opportunity to deliver more revenue-generating services to grow their subscriber base,” said Mark Evensen, Entone founder and CTO.
The refreshed Amulet 400-series blends linear TV and cloud content, and is a high-performance, hybrid DVR with modular storage options that offers flexibility for deploying whole-home DVR without the cost of additional truck rolls.
Coming to America for the first time, Entone’s compact, entry-level Kamai 400-series is optimised for delivering live broadcast and streaming applications. Kamai helps operators to defend against cannibalization from standalone OTT devices and enables operators to deliver a more compelling digital TV service. It offers optional ATSC or QAM tuner for broadcast reception.
Kamai supports popular networking technologies such as HomePlug, MoCA, and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). It also provides CableCARD support for compatibility with legacy conditional access systems.