MaxLinear ATSC Tuners Find Home in OTT Set-tops

MaxLinear announced this week that leading OEMs are using its MxL603 silicon tuner in new Internet video set-top boxes. The announcement notes, “A major trend in recent years is the increasing availability of quality over-the-top (OTT) video content from providers like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video. US consumers are boosting their Internet speeds from their broadband providers to improve their experience in watching videos and movies from online sources. Only recently have video-streaming STBs with the ability to receive free, over-the-air local broadcast channels become available. Access to local high-definition (HD) broadcast channels is considered “must have” content by most TV viewers.”

“Evolving user habits, combined with the huge quantity of content available on OTT services has resulted in a market for non-traditional ways of getting video content,” said Yves Rasse, Senior Director, Consumer Product Line at MaxLinear. “These new STBs deliver broadcast video content over IP to allow users to receive traditional broadcast content on their smart phones, tablets and other IP-enabled devices. STBs targeted at this market are a perfect fit for MaxLinear’s technology because it delivers a low power, lower cost system with very high performance.”

The MxL603 has a noise-figure of 3.8 dB and includes “MaxLinear's proprietary blocker technology for advanced filtering of strong signals from adjacent channels.” Power consumption is approximately 350 mW per tuner.

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.