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IP Video Streaming Meets Broadband

Looking to improve the way IP video streaming works on broadband networks, two companies announced a deal to develop an open platform to integrate middleware technology with MPEG decoder hardware.

Milpitas, Calif.-based Sigma Designs, an IP video streaming software firm, said it would partner with Thirdspace to jointly create an open platform to make its MPEG 1,2,4 decoder hardware work with Thirdspace's middleware, which is used on broadband television services.

The deal also calls for Sigma Designs to offer the Thirdspace Open Video Client (OVC) as part of its standard software libraries that are available for use with Sigma's MPEG decoder chips. In return, Thirdspace would sell Sigma's MPEG decoder chips within its broadband TV software.

The two firms have set sights on the lucrative set-top box market, noting that the combined services would also be offered to systems integrators, telcos, broadband and entertainment service providers and hospitality accounts (hotels etc) worldwide.

Thirdspace spokesman Sebastian Kramer said broadband customers are looking to integrate high quality IP video streaming software that is scalable to different size installations, meaning the combining of technologies with Sigma Designs offers a product that provides a shorter route to market.

"The high quality video streaming we are able to provide will be especially useful to customers without their own Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and broadband television implementations," he said.

Sigma Designs markets silicon-based MPEG decoding for streaming video, DVD playback, and advanced digital set-top boxes. The company's flagship REALmagic Video Streaming Technology is used for the decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

Thirdspace's middleware provides connectivity to standard RTSP video servers for MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG4, with VCR functionality, support for broadband television and remote client management tools.