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GPS-enabled device tracks equipment, geo-locks content

Posted: 18 Dec 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPS  satellite  STB 

Broadcom Corporation has unveiled what it calls the industry's first GPS-enabled satellite outdoor unit (ODU) device. The company combines its BCM4551 satellite TV device with its BCM4771 GPS receiver to provide accurate service installation, subscriber equipment tracking and content geo-locking.

Broadcom's latest satellite solution resides in the low-noise block (LNB) of a subscribers' satellite dish, enabling operators to position dish installations and reduce metering equipment costs and truck rolls. Combining GPS-enabled ODU technology with a set-top box (STB), operators can quickly locate and validate a subscriber's home location.

"This integrated technology can also open the door to operator delivery of location-based social media and business applications, providing subscribers with targeted content such as information on local service providers, retail operations and restaurants or a specific televised event," said Nicholas Dunn, Broadcom Vice President of Direct Broadcast Satellite Marketing.

GPS technology within the LNB also allows operators to geo-lock content to subscribers. Content geo-locking uses a subscriber's location to deliver video content specific to the subscriber's service address. This ensures the delivery of personalised services and prevents costly theft of service for operators. Previously, content geo-locking was only available through an external device attached to subscriber's set-top box.

The BCM4551 features 28nm process, 24 user-band output channels and eight RF inputs and one RF output covering the 250MHz to 2,350MHz frequency range. It also allows 24 DVB-S2 channels to be stacked on a single coaxial cable.

The BCM4771 touts integrated RF, base band processor and CPU with faster signal searches, accurate real-time navigation and improved tracking sensitivity.

Both BCM4551 and BCM4771 are in volume production.

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