PowerUp Video Broadcast System: For yesterday, today and tomorrow’s platforms – A singular unifying hybrid QAM/IP stack
PowerUp Video Broadcast System (PowerUp VBS) is the industry’s first hybrid QAM/IP platform capable of powering legacy, tru2way, and next generation platforms. It features a complete, industry-leading set of solutions and tools to run interactive applications on today’s cable platforms or tomorrow’s multi-screen platforms.
PowerUp VBS unifies the middleware services layer with the presentation layer (browser based for HTML5 or native for legacy) and provides the industry’s first singular platform capable of operating all managed devices and enabling all applications and services to be created once and then delivered ubiquitously across all ecosystems.
All PowerUp products complement one another on all platforms and provide seamless integration so that an application works uniformly on the other platforms, whether legacy or next-generation.
The PowerUp VBS was designed and engineered to deliver:
- Transparent support of and interoperability on a broad base of managed devices
- Efficiency and performance optimization across multiple platforms while maintaining near-linear scalability
- Operational integrity able to support 7×24 carrier grade environments
- Open standards compliance for flexibility and expandability
- Future-generation requirements accommodated through a standards-compliant, modular component-based design
This has created leading industry advantages:
- Universal support of IP-enabled, QAM-enabled, and Hybrid managed devices.
- Unified support for QAM and IP video streams, allowing managed devices to seamlessly present video content delivered over cable, IP, and web services.
- PowerUp Framework support, allowing existing applications to operate seamlessly on both legacy and next-generation platforms.
- Full support of Comcast SoC RDK and Broadcom NEXUS API. This enables the DVBS to run on either of these hardware abstraction layers and support all Broadcom chipsets as well as RDK-compatible Intel-, Sigma-, and ARM-based chipsets and full integration with Comcast SoC RDK API, providing the benefits of managed device compatibility without deficiencies of Comcast RDK layers.
- Transport-agnostic subsystem for data delivery.
- Remote control interface, allowing other devices to control the managed device (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc.).
- Wi-Fi controlling. For managed devices with Wi-Fi support, DVBS allows wireless connection to the home network. It can also use the managed device as a wireless access point, serving all Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Other Key Features:
- Hardware Acceleration – optimized performance by utilizing when available on managed device hardware graphics, video transcoding and multiple CPU cores.
- Home Gateway – allows managed devices to function as content gateways to accept and display content from other devices inside the home network.
- PowerUp VBS Supervisor – a set of specialized tools that provides functionality for:
- Remotely controlling the managed device (including remote key press emulation)
- Configuring the software running on the managed device
- Monitoring the managed device’s activity
- Logging and profiling software subsystems of the managed device
- Support for TR-069 – supports TR-069, an open standard for remote control and management of IP-enabled devices.
- Fast Channel Change – On hardware platforms that support it, PowerUp VBS uses a Zodiac Fast Channel Change technology. It significantly reduces time between switching from one QAM channel to another.
- Unified Audio/Video Pipeline – The PowerUp VBS includes Unified Audio/Video Pipeline (UAVP), a high-level framework for creating and managing video pipelines.
- Cross-Platform Compatibility – Capability of operating on a variety of OEM and 3rd party platforms. The platforms that are currently supported include Broadcom NEXUS (proven to work on Reference Platforms BCM97459, BCM97428, and BCM97429) and Comcast SoC RDK.