NETGEAR Launches Industry's Most Advanced Headless Media Gateway

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NETGEAR Launches Industry's Most Advanced Headless Media Gateway

HMG7000 Headless Media Gateway revolutionizes the migration from legacy to an all IP video delivery with best-in-class support for multi-screen initiatives for service providers worldwide

AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today the launch of its Media Gateway (HMG7000), the first gateway to use NETGEAR's NeoMedia™ platform. At launch, the HMG7000 will also be integrated with the Nucleus gateway software from SeaChange International (NAS: SEAC) , a leading global multi-screen video software innovator. The HMG7000 will be demonstrated live at NETGEAR's stand, 14.110, and SeaChange's stand, 14.B20, at the RAI Amsterdam during the IBC2013 tradeshow.


"The ability to seamlessly integrate video capabilities into existing end-user networks and service provider infrastructure will be considerably more important as the demands for access to all video and television content—regardless of where the content originates—continues to increase," said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst covering broadband access, pay TV and video for Infonetics Research. "Service Providers will need to differentiate themselves in this highly competitive marketplace."

With an innovative distributed architecture, the HMG7000 headless gateway blends NETGEAR's market-leading technology across home wireless networking with 802.11ac, video over wireless, easy-to-use customer support tools, high speed 24x8 DOCSIS® 3.0 and third-party application integration.

The NETGEAR HMG7000 headless gateway is WAN access-independent and supports media access from both in-home and cloud-based content sources. It incorporates three key capabilities: 1) local content caching to support DVR functions and trick play, 2) video transcoding to multi-screen format, and 3) advanced transcryption for comprehensive conditional access and digital rights management. The HMG7000 also supports DLNA® streaming for live and recorded program playback from connected DLNA compliant consumer electronic devices.

Built on NETGEAR NeoMedia, the HMG7000 leverages proven cloud technologies such as SeaChange Nucleus, enabling operators to rapidly launch new services or seamlessly upgrade their existing offers. By locating key aspects of a media gateway such as access rights management, user interface and navigation on a cloud server, the NeoMedia™ platform enables CPE devices to become light-weight without sacrificing functionality.

"The HMG7000 with NeoMedia and the SeaChange Nucleus software represents the next generation of gateways for operators that want to address their end-users' desire for a one box solution that supports all forms of video including live, OTT, recorded and end-user content," said Michael Clegg, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business with NETGEAR. "We are very excited to launch the headless Media Gateway at IBC2013; it's the culmination of all of the things NETGEAR does well with the integration of best-of-breed technology."

SeaChange Nucleus video gateway software runs on multiple SoC (system on a chip) and empowers video service providers to dramatically enhance the in-home subscriber experience with a headless or headed video gateway running on their choice of customer premises equipment. Nucleus delivers seamless interoperability and connectivity to in-home IP-connected set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones and PCs with a provider's branded television services and applications including whole-home DVR, OTT content and more launched from the cloud.

"SeaChange Nucleus software, with its whole-home DVR and industry-standard DLNA protocols, delivers HTML5 applications from the cloud to connected devices in the home with seamless interoperability and ease of use," said Shiva Patibanda, general manager, In Home Business, SeaChange. "SeaChange leverages the power of the industry standard Reference Design Kit to run on multiple SoC and provide speed to market for customer premises equipment such as NETGEAR's HMG7000."

Additional features of the HMG7000 include:

  • Adaptive streaming protocols
    • HDS (Adobe), HLS (Apple)
    • Operator-specific customization (e.g. MPEG-DASH)
  • Secure playback on retail and operator-provided IP clients
  • DOCSIS® 3.0 24x8
  • WiFi: 802.11ac, AC1750
  • Integrated storage or option via USB, eSATA or NetworkNAS
  • Two (2) FXS + DECT option
  • MoCA® 2.0
  • Transcoding
    • Ability to transcode in real-time four (4) HD 1080p30 (or lower resolution) H.264 or MPEG-2 channels into 720p (or lower resolution) MPEG4 for support of video over WLAN/MoCA/Ethernet.
  • CA/DRM termination at the gateway
    • Internal Security Processors + Smart Card
    • CableCARD

The HMG7000 will be ready for operator trials beginning 1H2014.

More Information

To learn more about NETGEAR broadband connected media products for service providers, please visit http://www.netgear.com/service-provider/products/hometheater/.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

(NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 40,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at www.twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

© 2013 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and NeoMedia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. SeaChange and SeaChange Nucleus are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of SeaChange, International. DOCSIS is a trademark and/or registered trademark of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.



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