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And the Emmy® Award goes to … Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent is changing the way people watch television. And for that, we’re being recognized by the of Television Arts & Sciences.

January 17, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent is changing the way people watch television. And for that, we’ve been recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Behind the technology

Hear more about the award and the technology in this podcast interview with Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video activities, and Andrey Kisel, chief technologist for Velocix.


About the Emmy® Award

The National Academy of Television’s Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards are given for outstanding achievement in technical or engineering development. The Awards are overseen by The National Television Academy’s Engineering Achievement Committee and are given to an individual, company or organization for developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods, or so innovative in nature, that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television. The awards are determined by a special panel composed of highly qualified, experienced engineers in the television industry.

The Emmy® Awards is the copyright of ATAS/NATAS.


Alcatel-Lucent’s other entertainment industry awards

This is Alcatel-Lucent’s third Emmy® award: Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs was honored in 1997 for work on digital television as part of the High-Definition TV (HDTV) Grand Alliance, while Alcatel-Lucent’s Radio Frequency Systems subsidiary won in 2009 for inventing a technology that allows simultaneous NTSC or ATSC transmission on a single system.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs received a Technical GRAMMY® Award in 2006 for outstanding technical contributions to the recording field. They also won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® in 1937 for speaker design used for high-fidelity sound reproduction.

In other words, we’ve won an Emmy® Award.

The 65th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards took place at the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) on January 9, 2014. During the ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Alcatel-Lucent for its “pioneering work in the implementation and deployment of network DVR” – an innovation that has materially changed the way people access their favorite TV shows.

“From an industry perspective, we are still in the early days of network DVR, with relatively few deployments so far. But talking to customers and seeing new products launched during this year’s CES in Las Vegas, it’s clear network DVR is now a very hot topic. Alcatel Lucent is in pole position in this space.”
Peter Beecroft, head of product management with Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video business, receives the Emmy® on behalf of his team.

Network DVR

Most people today have a DVR in their living room to record programs so they can view them later.

Network DVR is the next step. It takes the hard disk out of the living room and puts it inside the network. With a network DVR, you can record multiple programs at the same time, without being limited by the number of tuners in your home, or by the hard disk capacity in your DVR. You can play back recorded content on any connected device – another TV, a tablet, a smartphone. And you’re in control, with such features as start-over, rewind and catch-up TV.

The service provider benefits from the network DVR, too. Taking the hard disk out of the home means fewer failures and fewer help desk calls. By aggregating and sharing hard disks in a central place inside their network, service providers can also reduce their costs.

A very promising technology with proven results

Nielsen’s cross platform reports show ever-growing popularity of the in-home DVR. And the network DVR is continuing that trend as people use more devices to access their favorite content in any place, at any time.

Alcatel-Lucent is working with many service providers worldwide to deploy the technology. We provided one of the very first public deployments for Arcor in Germany in 2007. In 2012, Swisscom deployed its Replay service with Alcatel-Lucent, followed by Telecable the next year.

Alcatel-Lucent’s pioneering research in network DVR started in 2000 with Thirdspace, a joint venture with Oracle. The first demonstration of the technology was presented at the IBC trade show in 2001.

Both the technology and the market have evolved, of course, but the idea remains the same: give the TV subscribers a better TV experience.

Alcatel-Lucent holds a large patent portfolio on network DVR and has been actively promoting standardization of network-based on-demand video services which form the basis of network DVR in International Standard bodies such as ATIS-IIF, ETSI and ITU.