DIRECTV PanAmericana Selects Entropic's Silicon and Software to Roll-Out Advanced TV Viewing Services Entropic's Channel Stacking Switch and MoCA(R) (Multimedia over Coax Alliance)-Based Technologies Enable DIRECTV PanAmericana to Simplify Satellite Installation and Offer Home Entertainment Network Services
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Consumer Electronics Show 2013) - Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced its Channel Stacking Switch and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA®)-based silicon and software have been selected by DIRECTV PanAmericana to enhance the way content is delivered into and connected throughout the home.
According to research firm Informa Telecoms & Media, the expected Pay-TV subscriber numbers in Latin America will reach 73.2 million by the end of 2016, up 68 percent from 43.5 million in 2010. This opportunity has lead DIRECTV PanAmericana to seek a silicon partner that could help realize the tremendous growth opportunity and gain a stronger foothold in the region by offering a more comprehensive suite of whole-home entertainment viewing solutions.
DIRECTV PanAmericana turned to Entropic for its Channel Stacking Switch (CSS™) single-cable wire infrastructure for use in low noise block (LNB) converters and multi-switches. By adopting Entropic's CSS technology, DIRECTV PanAmericana can deliver more ubiquitous content throughout the home by supporting multiple tuners over a single cable run. The CSS technology enables multi-tuner set-top boxes (STB), such as digital video recording (DVR) devices, to deliver high definition (HD) services to multiple rooms in the home, allowing easy plug-and-play STB installations, simplifying upgrades and new installations at a lower cost and within the existing infrastructure wiring constraints - all with improved aesthetics for the homeowner.
DIRECTV PanAmericana will also deploy Entropic's MoCA silicon and software in its new HD-DVR receiver and in its network adapters known as DECAs (DIRECTV Ethernet-to-Coax Adapters). By deploying Entropic's MoCA technology, DIRECTV PanAmericana subscribers may gain access to new home networking services. The MoCA technology enables the reliable delivery of multiple streams of HD content - from broadcast and broadband traffic - throughout the home.
When used together, Entropic's CSS and MoCA solutions offer satellite operators the unique opportunity to increase user bands to enable a high-speed home network, simultaneously. By efficiently channel stacking the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) broadcast video using the CSS technology, DIRECTV PanAmericana was able to create bandwidth within the typical DBS broadcast band for MoCA home networking use. This combination allows the coexistence of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) signals on the same cable as home networking and DBS broadcast video, resulting in a seamless user experience.
"In an effort to continue bringing the latest innovations to DIRECTV customers in Latin America, I am pleased to announce that DIRECTV PanAmericana will be adopting Entropic's Channel Stacking Switch and MoCA technology into its advanced product lineup," said Rudy Ramirez, senior director, Product Development, DIRECTV PanAmericana. "Since our initial launch in 1996 as the first digital TV service provider in Latin America and throughout the years, DIRECTV has led the market continuously bringing the latest innovations to its customers. 2013 will be another landmark year. Entropic's CSS and MoCA technology will allow for simpler home network installations and home topology that will allow us to provide our customers with the best entertainment experience in the region."
"We are pleased to further our collaborative relationship with DIRECTV as they continue to innovate and deliver industry-leading technologies and services to their subscribers globally," said Al Servati, vice president of Marketing, Connectivity Group, Entropic. "By incorporating our CSS and MoCA technologies in the DIRECTV PanAmericana network, the company can offer a differentiated TV viewing experience by extending HD multimedia content to every TV in the home."
DIRECTV PanAmericana will roll-out new services based on Entropic's CSS and MoCA technologies throughout 2013.
DIRECTV (DTV) is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment services. DIRECTV provides digital television service to 19.9 million customers in the United States and to 14.5 million customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. DIRECTV Latin America is the leading provider of programming, technology, including the most advanced DVR and HD-DVR, and customer service, delivering the best experience to viewers in the region. For more information visit www.directvla.com
Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed - in the home and on the go. 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 the expected benefits of Entropic's Connectivity (Direct Broadcast Satellite and Home Networking/MoCA) solutions, Entropic's leadership in providing Connectivity solutions, and continued or future integration of technology into products of OEMs. 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 from alternative technologies; Entropic's dependence on DIRECTV'sLatin America success; the risk that the market for Connectivity solutions in Latin America may not develop as anticipated; risks associated with international operations and sales; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. 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.