Interactive IPTV and signage enhancements from Cabletime28 February 2017
Cabletime’s focus at ISE 2017 was on interactive IPTV and digital signage, with the introduction of a host of new features and updates to its MediaStar media players, decoders and chassis products; plus demonstrations of the new content creation software, Creator, working seamlessly with the MediaStar Media Player.
Cabletime introduced several significant hardware products that widen the application scope for MediaStar. These included a new 1U rackmount chassis with either single or double blade capacity, each with its own power supply. In addition, there is now a stand-alone appliance chassis for customers requiring only one blade in a portable format and an optional dual redundant failover PSU for the MediaStar 9 slot 770 Chassis (pictured). This can be retrofitted for existing customers.
Other new hardware developments included an IP Re-Caster blade, which converts Multi-cast to Uni-cast and vice versa; and a new IP Multi Mux blade, which enables content to be received in TS IP format rather than the more common Terrestrial or Sat Mux formats, and then allows reassignment of selected IP streams onto an enterprise network.
The MediaStar 782 IPTV and Media Player and the Digital Media Decoder 780 are both now available with new remote controls, including wireless keyboards and mouse, one with an accelerometer permitting users to point and use as an interactive wand.
The Media Player was shown working hand in hand with Cabletime’s new Creator digital signage content creation software, and the tools that enable it to deliver rich HTML support, live IPTV streams and video playout. Visitors to the stand saw interactive HTML pages that showed off the full capability of the 782 Media Player, controlled using the new wand-style remote controls. Also demonstrated on the Cabletime stand was DCC (Dynamic Content Creation), which allows web clips and live RSS feeds to be inserted into the digital signage pages created in the new software.
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, training and digital signage.