Giants Cisco and AT&T are the parents of what they say is the industry’s first wireless IPTV service. Cisco is the sole provider of this advanced wireless IPTV solution featuring new wireless receivers and wireless access points (WAPs), available across the entire AT&T U-verse TV footprint beginning Oct. 31.
U-verse subscribers will be able to watch TV in virtually any room in the home, even rooms not wired for TV. TV content is sent from the Cisco wireless access point via in-home Wi-Fi to the Cisco wireless receiver next to a particular TV. The subscriber plugs the TV into a power source, attaches high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cables or other audiovisual connection to the TV, and presses two buttons to establish the wireless connection.
Here are more of the high points of the Cisco solution:
- ??Cisco says it’s the first of its kind to deliver both standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) programming to multiple receivers with “built-in” or integrated Wi-Fi. One wireless access point per home can support two wireless receivers connected to TVs.
- ?It features the ISB7005 wireless receiver and the VEN401 Wireless Access Point, now part of the Cisco Videoscape portfolio.
- ?The receiver delivers live TV channels and interactive services, and it functions as a Total Home HD DVR, allowing consumers to view and manage DVR recordings wirelessly from a wired DVR in the home.
- Wi-Fi-delivered video gives service providers the advantage of offering consumers new freedom to watch TV wherever they want in the home.
- ?With no added wiring required, Cisco’s wireless TV solution offers service providers the means for faster service activations and consumer self-installation with easy-to-use Wi-Fi kits.
- ?Cisco says integrating Wi-Fi technology into the receiver is a more cost-effective option for service providers, as it gives technicians the ability to install receivers without running new wires. The integrated Wi-Fi receiver also offers service providers the ability to monitor the device’s performance via the network, as the receiver comes equipped with remote diagnostics.?
- The solution is based on the 802.11n standard and includes enhancements to manage the requirements related to delivering high-quality, highly secure video over Wi-Fi.?
According to Joe Chow, vice president and general manager/Connected Home Solutions, Service Provider Video Technology Group at Cisco, “Never before has it been so easy to move your TV around the home to wherever it suits you. We are excited to reach this industry milestone, becoming the first to bring wireless TV to market with AT&T.”