NextGenTV and Cloud to Cable

Introduction 

I will discuss what I learned about ATSC 3.0 at CES 2020.  Surprisingly, this technology compares and matches “Cloud to Cable” patents and claims. 

ATSC 3.0 and NextGENTV were the main attractions at CES 2020. I attended CES 2020, and it was awesome, you can check out TECHEDTV for more videos .  CES stands for the “Consumer Electronics Show” and this show is held in Las Vegas, NV ( =from 7th January, 2020 to the 10th).

Hence, for a few days, the “Las Vegas Convention Center” and other locations become a technology Mecca of the world.

ATSC 3.0 and NextGENTV were notoriously important at CES 2020  Just last week, I visited several booths with 8K TVs and ATSC 3.0 receivers. The image quality is just amazing,  The NEXTGENTV’s or ATSC 3.0 standard is what powers this new experience.

ATSC 1.0 is the first version of the technology that brought high-definition broadcasting. HD TV is done in 720p and in a few cases in 1080p formats, the old standard was implemented using a video encoding technique called MPEG-2 which is made by the Motion Pictures Expert Group or MPEG.

 

In a way ATSC 3.0 is a major evolution from ATSC 1.0 to what is called today, as what ATSC 3.0 brings is, web apps over the air. Yes, you heard it, your television set will connect to an IP-based link over your rabbit ears at home and will then display web widgets, video, and audio at customization levels that have been unheard of today.

ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV fixes ancient broadcasting technology by:

  • Adding an IP-layer of broadcasting to your TV set, in other words, your TV will be connected to an internet link
  • Each stream will include customization for audio, videos or multiple video streams, and basically you will be able to see what the CBS Application will display in your iPad, but on your TV.
  • The Broadcasting platform renders all the web widgets, video, and audio in your television set.
  • The video quality will be in 4K, which is much higher than most HD TVs out there , and indeed better quality. The audio as well will include Dolby AC-4 that support surround sound and many other sophisticated features including multiple audio programs.

In may ways ATSC 3.0 comes to compete with Cable TV and Satellite, and potentially with many “Over-the-Top” offerings, as you could in general also download customizable content to your TV using the broadband network.

Protocol Stack of ATSC 3.0
Source: https://www.atsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Fig3.jpg

In summary, the figure above shows that the applications are written in  HTML5 and that all that  connects Video, Audio, or Close Captioned in multiple forms and is ready for broadcasting.  

The MPEG or DASH, encodes the video audio and HTML, and uses MMTP and ROUTE protocols for an UDP multicast or unicast, as it can also service the same content using HTTP.

MPEG or Multimedia Multiplexing Transport Protocol (MMTP) is a MPEG standard. It consists of Media Processing Units (MPUs) wrapping ISO Base Media File Format (BMFF) files with metadata for broadcast delivery.

And ROUTE which is another protocol is defined as:

ROUTE is Real-time Object delivery over Unidirectional Transport. It allows for a source and a repair stream in the ROUTE environment.

Moreover, these two protocols offer a multicasting system for over-the-air broadcasting, which resembles what you see on Cable TV and Satellite systems. In deed, the ATSC 3.0 ‘specification includes and defines ways to use multicasting address as 239..*.*.*, that are out of the scope of this document.

 

Cloud to Cable Patents and ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV

Interesting enough to say is that the US patents 10,123,074 and US Patents 10,524,002 cover all aspects of ATSC 3.0.

As a consequence, I will not go into great deal but in comparison, we can review the specification of my patents and the claim language. As a rough summary:

  • ATSC 3.0 renders a webpage and creates temporal screens
  • ATSC 3.0 uses a multicast and unicast Transport to transmit the stream
  • Audio and video and html are all rendered simultaneously
  • ATSC 3.0 embeds metadata in the MMTP or MPEG stream
  • Encoders and software elements are embedded at the tower for broadcasting
  • Cloud to Cable renders a page and create temporal screens of he rendered pages.
  • Cloud to cable uses a multicast and unicast methods to transport the stream.
  • HTML, video, and audio are all rendered simultaneously
  • Cloud to Cable TV also does embeds metadata into the MPEG packet
  • Cloud to Cable TV places an appliance that broadcasts all signals to the clients

I still do not know how ATSC 3.0 and Cloud to Cable TV will interact, however it is more than clear to me that:

  • Cloud to Cable is ready for ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV
  • Cloud to Cable is more advanced than ATSC 3.0 as it also brings virtualization to the mix.

Cloud to Cable Patent Portfolio

As of December 11th, 2019, the USPTO officially issued US Patent 10,524,002 covering aspects of Cloud to Cable TV that were not covered in the initial patent. I received a notification today of my 12th issued US Patent and hopefully more to come in the coming years.  

 

This new Cloud to Cable patent includes several claims or inventions:

  • Generation of a parallelized set of MPEG TV / DVB Broadcasted to Cable TV systems or IPTV. 
  • MPEG TV bi-direccional communication from the Set Top Box to the Cable TV system,
  • Virtualized versions of the broadcasting embodiment
  • and other important claims,

 


Cloud to Cable TV Patent

The family of patents includes now 10,123,074 and 10,524,002, both patents entail 

As shown herein, those claims in the new Cloud to Cable Patent include:

  • Two way control messages from Claim 24, Claim 24 itself, 
  • injection of MPEG Metadata into the stream, 
  • Fault-tolerance system and multicasting server for MPEG encoded video and audio, 
  • HTTP Live Streaming, RTSP, or HTTP Playlist
  • Linear and VOD Support based on the claim language

Software Platform and Reference Implementation

The reference implementation and production device is implemented under our “MediaPlug” or “Mevia” Appliance. In general, any server with 8-16GB of RAM, i7 Intel Processor or AMD, 2TB drive (RAID), ethernet or fiber interfaces is more than sufficient to load all docker  images and be provisioned for media delivery.

Additional Software Requirements

Xen Server 7.2 or higher, or Ubuntu Linux 14.04 or higher with Docker Images.
Sources implemented with PHP, Python, C/C++, BASH, and other modules.

Mux and Cable Headend Requirements

The Cable Headend should consist of a Motorola-based Cherry or any other DVB/MPEG mux. All Set Top Boxes can support multicast streams directly for IPTV systems with fiber, or Coaxial with DOCSIS 2.0-3.0.  MPEG messages and encoding depends on provider.

Formatted for Audio-only, HTML-based Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), 4K, and/or Dolby-digitalSound.

Cloud to Cable TV Benefits & Technology Licensing.

Why Cloud to Cable?

Cloud to Cable is a patented solution for music streaming providers to distribute content to MVPDs. Amplify your offering from online streaming to Cable TV & IPTV systems with linear channels and SVOD subscritions. Create visually appealing streams with great sound, bundled with a mobile experience through the MEVIA app.

Music and Video are ready in all broadcasting platforms for easy monetization from your affiliates in MVPD, IPTV, Smart TVs & Mobile systems.Cloud to Cable are high-performance servers ready for your customer’s CABSAT headend, with a fault-tolerance design forquick integration. The content is available in mobile applications and Cable TV Broadcasts as SVOD or linear channels, all at once.

For more details:

Technology Licensing

Some existing patents, now expiring, cover VOD linking and Visual Complement to generate music streams for MVPD (Multi-video Programming Distribution) providers.

Our innovative technologies achieve better results and more benefits under patents US Pat. 10,123,074 , UW Pat 10,524,002, PCT 16/152,606 and EP3238457 (under prosecution) with 39 approved claims.

The MEVIA App is in charge of interfacing with the end-user via mobile phone or smart TV.

These patents are implemented in software and hardware for music broadcasting as a “Music for Cable TV” service for operators.

The software includes modules in Python, C/C++, and PHP, Linux OS-baseline only. Servers are configured for high-reliability and fault-tolerance designed for MVPD systems.

The system creates visual components and mixes high-end audio with the HTML-based interfaces that are then broadcasted into the CABLE TV System, IPTV Network, or to the mobile devices.

The technology and patents are available for licensing or acquisition.

Second Patent for the Cloud to Cable TV Portfolio

Second Patent – Allowed for Cloud to Cable 

A 2nd set of patents were allowed on September 3rd, 2019 and that means that several claims that cover MPEG and HTTP Live Streaming broadcasting.

The following summary of inventions and claims for the following inventions:

  • MPEG Broadcasting – DVB
  • MPEG 2-way broadcasting
  • HTTP Live Streaming
  • Fault-Tolerance and broadcasting

The  claims allowed are essential for modern broadcasting systems for video, music, and web-pages

The Cloud to Cable TV patents are a bridge between cloud systems and TV & Audio broadcasting platforms where the convergence of HTML and Virtualization make possible, what is called today Edge Computing.  


In 4G & 5G systems, Edge Computing is classified as:

Edge computing provides compute and storage resources with adequate connectivity (networking) close to the devices generating traffic. The benefit is the ability to provide new services with high requirements on e.g. latency or on local break-out possibilities to save bandwidth in the network – data should not have to travel far in the network to reach the server. Regulatory compliance and network scalability are also important edge computing drivers. Source (Ericsson

In a way, Cloud to Cable brings compute and storage resources for TV broadcasting systems, either DVB, Content Delivery Networks, or other similar systems. 

You can review a summary of what’s been published by the USPTO. USPTO – Patent History and OfferingDownload

In 4G & 5G systems, Edge Computing is classified as:

Edge computing provides compute and storage resources with adequate connectivity (networking) close to the devices generating traffic. The benefit is the ability to provide new services with high requirements on e.g. latency or on local break-out possibilities to save bandwidth in the network – data should not have to travel far in the network to reach the server. Regulatory compliance and network scalability are also important edge computing drivers. Source (Ericsson

In a way, Cloud to Cable brings compute and storage resources for TV broadcasting systems, either DVB, Content Delivery Networks, or other similar systems. 

You can review a summary of what’s been published by the USPTO. 

Cable TV Platform with Music and Video Channels

Cloud to Cable is the one stop shop multi-platform media distribution for web, mobile, and Cable TV systems. Cloud to Cable enables a cloud-based infrastructure to be connected with Cable TV head ends or Multi-System Operators (MSOs), just as Comcast, AT&T, CLARO, TIGO Home, among thousands of Cable/Satellite systems around the world with over 1 Billion viewers.

As such, EGLA’s has coined the term “Cloud to Cable™” which means that content available in that cloud platform can also be broadcasted to Cable TV as well seamlessly and with minimum Cable TV content can also be available in the cloud and to any connected device, all in one unified platform.

The  platform that merges the cloud and Cable TV facilitating the offering of TV and Video Cable TV content in mobile devices and any other connected platforms as well as delivering Music, Video, and TV content commonly available in connected devices and mobile to Cable TV systems.

What is Cloud to Cable™?

Cloud to Cable™ is a patent-pending technology that brings HTML5 generated content to a cable operator head end in the format and reliability required in a traditional MSO. Hence, any HTML5 website or service with video, TV, social media, can be broadcasted to a Cable Operator without major technological challenges.



How Cloud to Cable™ Music Works?

The Cloud to Cable™ Music Platform uses the power of the cloud to scale and create server instances that handle music/audio playlist management, music encoding, playlist, Digital Rights Management (DRM), while delivering audio with the highest quality assurance. Additionally, metadata and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) assist with the development of mobile applications to stream music from multiple music genres that are mastered by a DJ, a machine learning algorithm, or created by end users.

Broadcasting to Cable TV™

Our Cloud to Cable TV™ technology includes a cloud storage platform and all the required software and intelligence to broadcast content from the cloud to any cable TV operator. Once content, playlists, and music are available in our cloud the music is delivered to the Cable TV headed to our edge servers co-located in the cable operator premises.

Streaming to Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices (Internet TV)

The music available in Medianplify® can be streamed to mobile devices, web, tablets, Smart TVs and any connected devices such as the Chromecast® and Apple TV®. Internet TV is a reality with Mediamplify.

The same music selection is also available in any of our mobile applications: MEVIA (iOS and Android) that includes TV/Video, and Safety, or Mediamplify Music™. On the web, music playlists are used to create a web interface with HTML5 content that can also be injected into a Cable TV broadcast.

MEVIA® can also be integrated to third party applications using a JSON / REST API interface. As examples of third party developers, we can mention SKY TUNES and DMX2GO.

Mobile Applications for Music

The music application reference implementation of iPhone is customizable providing a great User Interface (UI), Bluetooth Audio, Metadata Integration, as well as social support. Our mobile software is flexible and portable.

MEVIA : Internet TV with a Mobile Application for TV, Video, and Safety

MEVIA brings together video, music, and safety all in one mobile experience. MEVIA connects to our “Cloud to Cable” Platform and provides a rich multimedia experience designed for: Education and Learning, Corporate Branding and Image, Cable TV broadcasting, and more.

Our patented technologies are unique having our target markets in Latin America and the United States.

MEVIA Music

MEVIA Music brings over 1000+ music channels without commercials or with commercials with casting capability for Chromecast® and AirPlay® devices. The Music is available thru a rich menu experience for Android and iPhone. Ads can be programmed and injected, we also have a solution for buildings, corporations, and organizations with WiFi or their own Cable TV network. The same music can also be licensed to Cable TV in packages of 50, 100, 200, or more music channels in DVB format, this is all connected with our initial MEDIAMPLIFY®  Platform, bring effective Cloud to Cable TV™ experience.

MEVIA Video

MEVIA video provides over 1000+ TV Channels of Internet TV, Movies, Educational Content, and more. Ads can also be injected as part of this offering, additionally Custom TV network (Internet TV or Cable TV or both) can be created and casted in buildings, boats, and any other organization. APIs are also available for Video Streaming and 3rd party apps thru our  initial MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform.

 

MEVIA Safety (Optional)

We are incorporating for LATAM and US markets, the security function that enables sending emergency messages to a loved one. This functionality is very helpful for LATAM markets where robberies and theft of mobile devices is prevalent. Hence your multimedia experience will be covered by the MEVIA Safety feature.

MEVIA Safety is triggered with the power button on device or using the Bluetooth Low Energy device.

Additionally, corporate customers of MEVIA Music or MEVIA Video will be able to enjoy of this particular functionality.

Patents and Trademarks

  • “Mediamplify Amplify your Reach” is a registered trademark of EGLA COMMUNICATIONS
  • US PATENT 10,123,074  and US/PCT/US2015/067464 METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DELIVERY TO CABLE TV AND SATELLITE OPERATORS
  • US PATENT 7339493 MULTIMEDIA CONTROLLER

OTT Monetization on Cable TV Opportunities for Video & Music Streaming Services

OTT Monetization also on Cable TV systems is important por revenues. Cloud to cable brings your Music, TV & Video content to a different level, raising the value proposition to all your customers. Cloud to cable is the best way to “Amplify your reach®” and more importantly address millions of subscribers in Cable TV operators worldwide. Content monetization is easier with our platform.

Music and Video streaming is easier with Cloud to Cable TV and all the mobile applications available. You can make OTT Monetization span across cable, satellite, and IPTV systems with Cloud to Cable

Cloud to Cable  is a technology designed to broadcast & stream Music, TV, and Video to subscribers in web, mobile applications, smart TVs, and Cable & Satellite Systems worldwide.

Most of the streaming services now reside in the cloud and are not taking advantage of content monetization with Cable TV partners.

Cloud to Cable connects multimedia services that reside in the cloud with IPTV or Cable TV operators and viceversa.

Cloud to Cable TV effectivley opens markets for content monetization with traditional Cable TV systems covering 900M subscribers around the planet.

Cloud to Cable TV enables quick and easy broadcasting of media content to massive systems found on Cable and Satellite Systems and all mobile and web platforms.

Cloud to Cable is the true multi-platform experience to broadcast Music & TV channels to all platforms from mobile, to web, to IPTV, and to Cable and Satellite systems all in one-stop shop. Improving your chances of content monetization.

Now with Cloud to Cable, any cloud-based streaming platform can be broadcasted and streamed to Cable TV & Satellite operators, opening more opportunities for monetization.

All music and video content will also be available to mobile devices thru our mobile application. Broadcasting is easier in many ways that you never thought possible.

Cloud to Cable TV is a true multi-platform technology that facilitates broadcasting and monetization to Music, TV, and video owners. We call this “multimevia” experience.

Compare OTT Monetization with Cable TV and Satellite Systems.

In a case between Music Choice and Stingray Digital, the judge identified that Music Choice made deals with AT&T in the magnitude of 0.12c per subscriber and as low as 0.036 per subscriber in a set 50 linear TV music channels. 

This gives you a great pointer to consider as Cable TV revenues, as BroadbandNews.com depict:

Assuming, your OTT Provider or if you own content were to monetize with all Top Cable operators, you will be including about 86.601.254 subscriber at $0.036 cents per subscriber:

86,601,254x0.036x12 =  $37,411.741 per year

That only means that if you charged, $2.9 per subscriber you would need to acquire about 1 M OTT subscribers on you own.  

Therefore, those millions of MVPD subscribers can be reached now with Cloud to Cable.

Music for Cable TV

An example of our Cloud to Cable technology, we created our own product “Music for Cable ”  Music for Cable is a service available for Cable & Satellite operators in packages of 50 to 1000 music channels., broadcast-ready for their IPTV or Cable Operator system.  Music for Cable includes a mobile application, and supporting smart TV apps, and much more.

The content is delivered in a server or several virtual machine instances ready for broadcasting to all your customers and delivered using our Cloud to Cable technology. The server or virtual machines are pre-provisioned with the best music.  Some of the music found in our service can be found on this list:

Latin Rock, Latin Music Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Modern Jazz
Merengue, Bachata, Urban Concerts in SD, HD, or 4K
Classical, Piano, Instrumentals Alternative
Rock, Hard Rock, Oldies Rock Dance Music, Miami Mix
Techno, Trance, Electronic Music Lounge, Chilltopia, others
Country, Christian, R&B Guitar, Instrumentals
Top 40, Top 100, Top Charts Mixes from Multiple Countries
80s’, 90’s, and today Mixes from SoundCloud
Christmas and Seasonal Your own music
Podcasts (Cannabis Radio, TechEdTV) and many more…

A server is the best option for a cable operator as it is placed at the headend. You can find the specification ready to download in PDF at Music for Cable Appliance and for more musical line-up offerings, you can reach us at musicforcable.com 


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Additional Information 

What is Cloud to Cable?

Cable TV and Mobile Distribution

Cloud to Cable is the platform that merges Cloud-based systems with Cable TV and IPTV operators.

Why cloud to cable TV

Now with Cloud to Cable, any cloud-based streaming platform can be broadcasted and streamed to Cable TV & Satellite operators, opening more opportunities for monetization.

All music and video content will also be available to mobile devices thru our mobile application. Broadcasting is easier in many ways that you never thought possible.

Cloud to Cable TV is a true multi-platform technology that facilitates broadcasting and monetization to Music, TV, and video owners. We call this “multimevia” experience.

Cloud to Cable consists of three components:

  ♦  Cloud to Cable :  Platform for Cable TV & Network Appliance for IPTV Systems.  Powered by the Cloud!
  ♦  Cloud to Cable :  Service in our private cloud and Content Delivery with APIs, authentication, and more.   We also integrate with Amazon Web Services, and others.
  ♦  MEVIA App :  iOS & Android Applications for mobile, web,   Chromecast & Smart TVs.

MEVIA is the mobile application that creates a unified multimedia platform that enables quick and easy distribution of TV, video, and music package content to cable and mobile operators.  MEVIA connects the worlds of web/mobile with Communications Service Provider (CSP) or Multi-System Operator (MSO) content distribution headends.

Our “Cloud to Cable” technology is a patented system that distributes and delivers TV, music, and video channels to satellite and cable TV operators as well as to mobile/web, providing a unified user experience. MEVIA is true to our “Amplify your reach®”slogan.


Cloud to Cable TV effectivley opens markets for content monetization with traditional Cable TV systems covering 900M subscribers around the planet..

Cloud to Cable TV enables quick and easy broadcasting of media content to massive systems found on Cable and Satellite Systems and all mobile and web platforms.

Cloud to Cable is the true multi-platform experience to broadcast Music & TV channels to all platforms from mobile, to web, to IPTV, and to Cable and Satellite systems all in one stop shop.


 

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