Thursday, October 7, 2010

Virtual TV Gateways in the Home – More Services and Media Portability

Providing media services to multiple devices in the home can be simplified through the use virtual gateways. Paul Bristow from ADB explained to me at the IBC trade show that virtual gateways allow TV broadcasters to setup and manage services within the customer’s home. He explained that there are some key things that should be included in the virtual gateway including digital living network alliance (DLNA) protocol and digital transmission content protection over IP (DTCP-IP). These protocols allow content to be easily selected and distributed within the home (multiple devices such as TV remotes and computers can be used as controls) in a secure environment. Paul explained that one of the most important benefits of these solutions is that it makes the viewing experience more fun!

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