J:COM Unveils First IP-VOD Set-Top Box Using an Entropic-Based PIXELA Solution

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (IBC Exhibition; Entropic Meeting Suite – Hall 13; G106/G107) - PIXELA CORPORATION, a leading Japanese image processing solution provider and Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, announced today Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (J:COM), the largest multiple system operator (MSO) in Japan based on the number of customers served, has unveiled its first IP-based Video-on-Demand (VOD) set-top box (STB) using an Entropic-powered PIXELA solution. The new device will be demonstrated this week at the IBC Exhibition in Amsterdam at the RAI Convention Center, September 13-17, 2013, at Entropic's Meeting Suite, Hall 13; Suite G106/G107.

In August 2013, J:COM and Jupiter Entertainment CO., Ltd., a subsidiary of J:COM, began to deploy its IP-based VOD service, named "milplus," to provide subscribers with more than 10,000 entertainment choices from across a variety of genres, including anime, movies and live sports. To access the VOD programming, subscribers must use the PIXELA/Entropic IP-STB, PRD-MA100-JE1. The IP-STB uses Entropic's most advanced system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology, the EN7588.

The "milplus" IP-VOD service is compatible for viewing across multiple devices from subscriber's televisions and personal computers to tablet devices and smart phones. To power the "milplus" TV service, Jupiter Entertainment chose the compact profile PIXELA design embedded with Entropic's EN7588. The EN7588 is Entropic's high performance cable IP-STB SoC with a dual-core 5000 DMIPS ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor with NEON™ SIMD extensions. It leverages advanced 3D graphics capabilities, an innovative power management system and offers a complete broadcast receiver decoder chain, featuring a DVB-C demodulator, a multi-stream transport processor, and multi-format, multi-channel A/V decoder engines.

"We worked very closely with PIXELA and Entropic to design an IP-STB solution for our 'milplus' IP-VOD service that has the advanced media processing, performance and engagement capabilities required to enable our subscribers to easily access high quality, high-definition entertainment across any screen," said Masato Matsuura, general manager, New Business Development Dept., Jupiter Entertainment. "By empowering our subscribers to watch their content in new ways via the PIXELA/Entropic IP-STB solution, we can both grow our media business and stay highly competitive in the Japanese cable television industry."

"Our IP-STB leverages Entropic's highly-integrated, cost-efficient set-top box platform with best-in-class features, functionality and performance," said Hiroshi Fujioka, president, PIXELA. "By using the proven EN7588 set-top box solution we have the foundation to securely and confidently deliver J:COM's new IP-VOD content to its subscribers."

"We are proud to be at the core of J:COM's first IP-STB solution as they look to innovate the cable industry with their new IP-VOD services platform," said Roger Gregory, vice president, Marketing, Entropic. "Our technology coupled with PIXELA's leading solutions drive new levels of interaction and programming experiences for 'milplus' subscribers."


The PIXELA IP-STB with Entropic's EN7588 is currently available. Entropic's EN7588 SoC is currently shipping in high volume production.

About Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd.

Established in 1995, Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (J:COM) is Japan's largest multiple system and multiple channel operator. In system operation, J:COM provides cable television, high speed Internet access and telephony services to customers through 11 consolidated subsidiaries at the local level serving approximately 3.77 million subscribing households in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu regions. The number of serviceable households or "homes passed" in J:COM franchise areas is approximately 13.99 million. In channel operation, J:COM invests in and operates 17 thematic channels which are provided to CATV, satellite and telecom operators. Jupiter Telecommunications is a public company, trading on the Osaka Securities Exchange's JASDAQ market under code No. 4817. For more information (available in English), visit J:COM's website at http://www.jcom.co.jp/english.html (The above household figures are as of May 31, 2013)


PIXELA CORPORATION pursues the development of image processing technologies in the fields of software and hardware while having established firm positions in the markets of digital LCD televisions, digital television tuners for PCs, and video editing applications. Its technologies are deployed in various kinds of platform such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and RTOS, making the Company one of few Japanese companies who can develop driver, firmware, and also hardware design in each platform in-house. PIXELA has a good track record in the technology relating the ISDB system of digital broadcasting which has been adopted by the countries centering around South America recent years. In 2010, PIXELA was commended for the contribution to the spread of digital televisions by the Japanese International Affairs and Communications minister.

About Entropic

Entropic™ (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and IP-based streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation Set-top Box (STB) System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and Connectivity solutions enable Pay-TV operators to offer consumers more captivating whole-home entertainment experiences by transforming the way digital entertainment is delivered, connected and consumed – in the home and on the go. For more information, visit Entropic at: www.entropic.com.

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