Las Vegas, NV--(January 10, 2012)
- - Channel Master TV won in the category of Media Servers. Channel Master TV is the most advanced subscription free HDTV solution to offer integrated web content, over-the-air HDTV broadcasts, full DVR functionality and personal content storage. Winners of the Product of the Year Awards were chosen by several credible industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro. Winners were announced January 10th at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Read the full article by clicking here.
Mesa, AZ--(August 22, 2011) - - The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) has agreed to offer to their member companies PCT International's Channel Master line of Home Networking accessories including MoCA adapters, HomePlugAV adapters and IPTV set-top boxes.
One of PCT's product development focuses is the IPTV and Home Networking sector which has recently gained a great deal of attention and momentum. PCT's retail brand, Channel Master, has already been offering several IPTV and home networking products via the retail space. Due to the rapid awareness and expansion of the IPTV and Home Networking sector, PCT and Channel Master are now directing additional focus to satisfy the operators' needs.
During CES, Channel Master introduced a new product family named Internet-to-tv™ adapters. The Internet-to-tv line was established to simplify the connection of Internet connected TVs and other devices to the Internet and home networks with a full product solution. "Channel Master will be the one stop shop for the most reliable solutions used to stream content in the home over all mediums including coax, powerline and wireless," said Joe Bingochea VP of Product Management and Marketing for Channel Master. "Our Internet-to-tv product line is proving to be very successful in the home and we are now extending that line to professional service providers and operators. They clearly see the benefit of utilizing our Internet-to-tv devices without having to run new cable and still provide solid, reliable home networking for their customers."
Channel Master's Internet-to-tv line includes coaxial solutions using MoCA technology and powerline solutions that are compliant with HomePlugAV standards. Both solutions are versatile, offered in smart choices and currently available at very competitive prices.
Channel Master's MoCA solution includes a kit with two Ethernet coax bridges (CM-6000) and a 4-port Switch (CM-6004). Using any combination of these versatile products allows users to send Ethernet over existing home coaxial cable creating an extended distribution network in the home. Up to 16 Channel Master Internet-to-tv coax adapters can be used in one location making for added flexibility.
When coax is not an option, Channel Master's powerline solution includes two kits that extend a network over existing home powerlines. One kit (CM-6100) includes two HomeplugAV adapters to connect an Internet ready device (such as a TV, DVR, or gaming device) to a home's router. The second kit (CM-6104) includes one powerline adapter and one 4-port switch to connect up to four devices to a home?'s network. Flexibility is also a key feature allowing up to 16 Channel Master powerline adapters to be used in one location.
NCTC is also offering members Channel Master's new CM-7100 IPTV set-top box. CM-7100 is a superior, compact HDTV IP set-top box that is ideal for service provider IPTV subscribers. The CM-7100 enables IPTV subscribers to view advanced IP SD & HDTV content on their television or display. The latest advanced IPTV capabilities and features are supported including electronic program guides (EPGs), multicast TV, VOD and digital video scaling. With the support of VOD, Linear, and OTT content, consumers can enjoy rich home entertainment experiences with crystal-clear HD pictures and surround sound. The CM-7100 allows operators to expand their subscriber base and increase customer satisfaction while reducing their average per subscriber equipment cost. The CM-7100 supports Minerva Middleware including xTVFusion and is compatible with Harmonic VOD and Verimatrix conditional access off the shelf, but can be customized to support other configurations.
About Channel Master
Established in 1949, Channel Master has evolved from a trusted terrestrial antenna manufacturer to a leader in the production of set-top boxes, home networking accessories and digital media devices that connect consumers, businesses and service providers with a multitude of content. Access to streaming media, stored digital content, music and movies on-demand, off-air HDTV channels, and more is possible from Channel Master's expanding lineup and is available from a network of over 200 distributors and thousands of retail locations worldwide. Channel Master is a trademark of PCT International, Inc. and is headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, USA. For more information, please visit www.channelmaster.com.
About PCT International, Inc.
Established in 1997, PCT International, Inc. provides superior last-mile and premise products and solutions for broadband communications networks to customers in 60 or more countries. The company leverages innovative engineering, four state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a highly-efficient distribution network to ensure quality, service and pricing benefits for broadband, CATV, satellite and structured wiring customers. PCT International's "Hardened Drop" approach is a total solution from the tap to the customer premise equipment that is designed to reduce costs for operators and enhance satisfaction for subscribers. PCT International and its holding company, Andes Industries, Inc., are headquartered in Mesa, Arizona, USA. For more information, please visit www.pctinternational.com.
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for nearly 1,000 member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC is located in Lenexa, Kansas. For more information, please visit www.nctconline.org.
Single and 4-Port Internet-to-TV Adapter Kits for Robust, Reliable Wired
Home Networking Now Available at Leading Retailers
San Diego, CA--(July 6, 2011)
- - Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR), a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, and Channel Master, one of the nation's most trusted names in consumer electronics, today announced the availability of two new Internet-to-TV adapters. Powered by Entropic's home entertainment networking silicon, the Channel Master Internet-to-TV Adapter Kits (CM6000) allow consumers and home electronics installers to network Connected TVs and Internet devices from any room to their broadband router through the existing coax wiring in the home.
Leveraging Entropic's leading silicon and software technology based on the MoCA standard, Channel Master's new solutions represent the next wave of retail home networking products, enabling consumers to transform coax cable into a highly-reliable, high speed, whole home entertainment network. With Channel Master's single (CM6001) and 4-Port (CM6004) Internet-to-TV Adapters, consumers can enjoy home entertainment with a "best quality" connection at wired Ethernet speeds from any room of their home. Channel Master's adapters are designed to utilize the coax-based home network to support high definition (HD) quality streaming for multi-room DVR, over-the-top (OTT) services, online gaming, and more.
"Channel Master has a long history of producing products for cable and off-air TV customers, and Entropic's home entertainment networking solutions are allowing us to bring new products and services to our current customers and retail partners," said Joe Bingochea, VP of marketing and product management, Channel Master. "We are excited to be working with Entropic, giving consumers the power to connect the Internet to their TV, and networking devices such as Blu-ray players and game consoles with OTT services over a fast reliable wired network connection."
Currently deployed in more than seven million U.S. households, and growing, Entropic's field-proven home entertainment networking silicon based on the MoCA standard transforms the home's coaxial infrastructure into a highly-efficient, cost effective, robust and reliable whole home entertainment network. Enhancing the overall home network, the new 4-port adapter will allow multiple devices to connect to the network through a single product.
"In North America, leading service providers have adopted Entropic's silicon as the best home networking solution for its high reliability and speed, and because no new wires are required for installation," said Vinay Gokhale, senior vice president marketing and business development, Entropic Communications. "We're proud to have leading OEMs like Channel Master recognize the power of our home entertainment networking solutions, as they deliver new connected home entertainment devices to consumers across the country."
Channel Master's Internet-to-TV Adapters are now available at leading retailers including Fry's Electronics, Ace Hardware, True Value, Crutchfield, Walmart.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, and ChannelMasterStore.com.
About Entropic Communications
Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR) is a leading fabless semiconductor company that is engineering the future of connected home networking and entertainment by providing next-generation silicon and software technologies to the world's leading cable, telco and satellite service providers, OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers. As a co-founder of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), Entropic pioneered and continues to evolve the way high-definition television-quality video and other multimedia and digital content such as movies, music, games and photos are brought into and delivered throughout the home. For more information, visit Entropic at www.entropic.com.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements." Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's MoCA technology, it related prospects and its role in the future of home networking. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competition, risks associated with Entropic's dependence on a limited number of customers and suppliers, technology risks, the risk that the market for HD video and multimedia content delivery solutions may not develop as Entropic anticipates, and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2011. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
New York, NY--(June 21, 2011)
- - Joe Bingochea, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Channel Master discusses Channel Master's Internet-to-TV (MoCA) solutions (CM6000, CM6001, CM6004) with Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.TV at the CEA Line Show.
San Ramon, CA--(June 14, 2011)
- - Channel Master, a subsidiary of PCT International, has joined MoCA at the Associate level. The company will be demonstrating product incorporating MoCA technology at next weeks CEA Line Show in New York, booth #T6.
MoCA is the technology leader among all pay TV operators in the US with deployments in cable, satellite and IPTV environments. MoCA is a member of CEDIA where the technology is also finding great success in the installer community.
Channel Master's membership is further demonstration of MoCA's commitment to the consumer and retail channel as part of its market segmentation strategy. Products available in this channel are intended for those looking for an out-of-the-box solution to extend or accessorize their current network enabling the transmission of video from TV to TV and TV-to-PC, for instance,.
"Joining the MoCA alliance is an exciting opportunity for us, which will allow us to further our commitment to develop reliable connected home products that serve both consumers and service providers. IPTV and web delivered video is quickly becoming the content delivery mechanism of the future and as consumers start to adopt these new technologies, home networks will need to be modified or upgraded. MoCA will be a key technology positioning Channel Master to be a one stop shop for reliable home network solutions," said Joe Bingochea, VP of product management and marketing at Channel Master.
"When it comes to video, reliability is king. Channel Master's membership is another example of the increased demand by consumers for high performance and highly reliable networked entertainment," said Charles Cerino, MoCA president.
The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®) is the worldwide standard for home entertainment networking. It is the only such standard that appeals to all three pay TV segments–cable, satellite and IPTV. MoCA technology is also used to extend WiFi connectivity in the home.
MoCA has approximately 90 certified products and 60 members representing the home entertainment network value chain including service providers, OEMs, consumer electronics companies and chip vendors. Visit http://www.mocalliance.org for more information.
MoCA is an internationally registered trademark.
Phoenix, AZ--(January 6, 2011)
- - Channel Master, one of the nation's leading consumer electronics manufacturers, announced today a new line of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) products to be marketed and sold through their extensive customer base of CE distributors, retailers, and major service providers. MoCA can turn the coaxial cable already installed in your house into a robust, high speed whole home entertainment network. With MoCA enabled devices and Channel Masters MoCA Adapters, you can experience multi-room DVR, superior on-line gaming, seamless delivery of video content from the Internet, easy PC to TV content sharing, multi-room gaming, Wi-Fi extension, place shifting and more.
Channel Master will also put a new consumer spin on the MoCA products, marketing them as Internet-to-TV Adapters. Their initial offering will be a kit that includes two Internet-to-TV Adapters (MoCA Adapters). This kit will allow the consumer to easily install one adapter that will interface with the Ethernet network and the home coax network. The other Adapter can be installed at any point in the coax network and will interface with an Ethernet equipped device. Channel Master will follow up this product with a MoCA 4-Port Bridge that will allow the consumer to connect multiple Ethernet devices in a single location without the need for switches or additional components.
This new product line is right up our alley; Channel Master and our parent company PCT International have many years of experience manufacturing and marketing RF products that interface with coaxial cable. There are more and more retail consumer electronic devices that now have Internet or network capabilities, but it remains a burden for the consumer to get the connection to the television. Most homes are not prewired with Ethernet cable and wireless is just not a viable option because of the reliability and potential for interference. MoCA is the most reliable and proven solution and has already been deployed by many of the major service providers in the US. While MoCA technology is well known throughout the service provider industry, most consumers are still unaware that this technology is available. We plan to get creative with our marketing and educate the consumer about the technology and how it can be used in the home, said Joe Bingochea, Channel Master's VP of Marketing and Product Management.
Although there are MoCA solutions available on the market today, Channel Master plans to take a strategic marketing approach on their new MoCA adapters that will help them reach thousands of consumers trying to solve a problem connecting new devices to the Internet. Channel Master announced that products should be on the retail shelf by the end of March. Current retail partners include Fry's Electronics, Ace Hardware, True Value, Crutchfield, Walmart.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com and more.
Low Cost Solution Enables Operators to Offer Blended Pay TV and OTT
Services To More
Subscribers Over Wide Range of Managed and Unmanaged Broadband Networks
Las Vegas, NV--(November 10, 2010) - - Channel Master, one of the nation's
leading consumer electronics manufacturers, today announced a low-cost,
high-performance Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) set-top box
for IPTV and Broadband Television services.
The new Channel Master
set-top box, fully certified with Minerva iTVManager and with the newly
announced Minerva xTVFusion platform, is aimed at carriers deploying a mix of
IPTV and broadband video services. The
set-top box is based on the Sigma Designs 865X family of processors. Core features include multicast support (IGMP) for IPTV
services, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, video-on-demand support over both
RTSP and HTTP, three USB 2.0 compliant ports, multi-format audio and video
decoder support, optional stereo audio output via S/PDIF, Composite and HDMI
video outputs, remote management and upgrade, fan-less cooling for low noise and high reliability.
The set-top box will have a target
carrier price below $100.
platform has been adopted by more than 200 carriers worldwide with more than 20
million homes passed. The Company has recently announced xTVFusion, a new
platform which supports the delivery of blended Pay TV and OTT services over
both managed and unmanaged broadband networks.
deploying the Minerva xTVFusion platform in conjunction with the Channel Master
set-top box will be able to offer compelling IPTV services over their core
managed network and new live and on-demand Broadband TV services to subscribers
with connections as low as 2 Mbps.
has built a profitable business by offering cost effective, high performance IPTV
solutions, said Doug Wills, vice president of marketing and business
development, Minerva Networks. The new low-cost Channel Master set-top box
will appeal to our large IPTV installed base. It will also attract new
operators looking for pre-integrated solutions for the delivery of Broadband TV
services over best-effort unmanaged networks.
Minerva's vision of next generation Television services delivered over
managed and unmanaged broadband networks, said Joe Bingochea, vice president
of marketing and business development at Channel Master. We are looking
forward to delivering superior value to legacy IPTV operators and new service
providers planning to launch Broadband TV services over low bandwidth networks.
About Minerva Networks
is the leading provider of carrier class solutions for the delivery of
Television services over broadband networks. Over 200 carrier customers
worldwide with more than 20M homes passed are using Minerva's platform to offer
next-generation entertainment and communications services. Minerva Networks is headquartered
in Alviso, CA.
Channel Master, one of the nation's leading consumer electronics manufacturer, announced the availability of the CM-7000PAL DVR at authorized Channel Master retailers nationwide.
The CM-7000PAL DVR, the
first DVR offered by Channel Master, is the only digital-to-analog
converter box sold in the U.S. that works with over-the-air TV antennas
to offer high definition digital video recording functionality with no
monthly fees or subscriptions. It also eliminates messy video tapes and
complex connections between converter boxes and VCRs. Read the full article by clicking here.
A DVR for the Rest of Us
Next to the flat screen TV, the DVR (digital video recorder) is the
biggest game changer to hit TV viewing since Doritos and bottled beer.
The ability to pause a live TV broadcast, pick up later exactly where
you left off and seamlessly transition between recorded and live
programming has completely transformed the way we watch TV, not to
mention given us an excuse to finally trash all those decaying VHS
Hold on a minute. We? Us? Those of us, that is, who command the
cash flow necessary to afford cable or satellite service, and either
shell out $300+ for a TiVo (plus monthly TiVo fees), or cough up the
monthly DVR fees from our TV provider. Sure, you can use a TiVo with
over the air broadcasts, but you still have to pay the monthly TiVo fee
(currently $12.95/month). Let's face it -- until now, DVR technology
has been a privilege reserved for the relatively well-heeled -- and
well-cabled. Read the full article by clicking here.