CES 2017 news round-up

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Neal Romanek
January 5th 2017 at 2:39PM : By Neal Romanek

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Here are a few of today's CES tech highlights

The Consumer Electronics Show is never short on tech news. The tradeshow is becoming one of the key bellwethers for the media tech industry. It was the CES hysteria over VR last January that kicked off 2016's VR mania.

Here are a few of today's CES highlights:


- The international VR/AR Association (VRARA) has launched a new database of AR, VR and mixed reality tech companies, with the goal of making it easier for those in the space to connect with new partners. The directory is only accessible to the 100-plus members of VRARA, but any company can add a listing for free.

“The VR/AR/MR ecosystem is growing at an unprecedented pace, faster than anything we have seen in the mobile ecosystem,” said VRARA executive director Kris Kolo. “There are now thousands of companies offering VR or AR related services and it will be impossible to find the best partner with a simple google search or by going to events. The directory fills this need and will connect organizations in a more efficient and effective ways by ‘match-making’ on a global scale.”

- LG Electronics showed its new LG Signature OLED W-series TV's. The super-thin (2.5mm thick) TV's feature the company’s proprietary Nano Cell technology, which aim to “render highly nuanced and accurate colours” while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles. The company says that Nano Cell LCD displays use uniformly-sized particles one nanometer in diameter to create accurate colours from wider angles. The new models will also support four flavours of HDR - Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Technicolor's spec. The TV also comes with a Dolby Atmos soundbar. LG also debuted its first 4K Blu-ray player at the show which supports Dolby Vision.

- Arris and Technicolor are the first two suppliers for Comcast's XB6, a DOCSIS 3.1-powered, multi-gigabit advanced gateway that the operator plans to roll out in the first quarter of 2017. Comcast declined to name its XB6 suppliers, but confirmed that its first version of the product will employ Intel’s Corp.’s Puma 7 chipset, and that it is also designing a version that will run on silicon from Broadcom. But sources said the first Intel-based XB6 model is being made by Arris, and that Technicolor is working on the Broadcom-based model.

- Nagra and Samsung will create a corporate body to license the TVkey, introduced by the duo last year at IBC in Amsterdam. The licensing JV will be targeted to third-party chipset and device makers and TV and conditional access vendors. The TVkey licensing terms and technical specs are expected to be available by mid-2017. TVkey, a USB-based security platform/dongle for pay TV operators, enables consumers to sign up and pay for TV services directly via Samsung TVs. The TVkey framework is based on a Nagra-designed root of trust in TV chips that communicates security with the TVkey device.
- Celeno Communications, a maker of managed WiFi products, and Airgain, a provider of embedded antenna technologies, are collaborating on an integrated platform that brings whole-home gigabit WiFi capabilities to gateways and set-top boxes. The combo will be based on Celeno’s CL2400 802.11ac Wave 2 4x4 radio and Smart Antenna Steering tech.
- JungoTV introduced ten foreign language channels that will be offered on Amazon Channels, Amazon’s curated OTT-SVOD offering. JungoTV’s lineup, which includes offerings in Chinese, German, Filipino, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese, will start to roll out in Q1 for $7.95 per month.
 - MaxLinear said its Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) 2.0-powred MxL3707 integrated circuit is being designed into the CIG WF-802 Series HomeMesh MoCA-to-Ethernet adapter product line.CIG is an ODM vendor based in Shanghai, with US headquarters in Santa Clara, California. The MoCA 2.0 bonded specification provides up to 800 Mbps of MAC throughput.
-Irdeto said it has secured a licensing deal with Wyplay, enabling it to join more than 140 companies that are part of the Frog by Wyplay community. Through the partnership, which includes Irdeto Rights and Irdeto Cloaked CA, they hope to offer an integrated advanced middleware and security solution for broadcast, hybrid and OTT deployments.
- Irdeto and Tata Elxsi have partnered to provide secure, in-car display systems. The resulting system will feature Irdeto’s Cloakware for Automotive security solution, and will work with Vehicle-to-X (V2X), connected cars and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies, they said.

Thanks to our sister publications Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News for our CES coverage