Denver-based Layer 3 TV will flip the switch soon on a next-generation pay TV service that will rely on hybrid video gateways and IPTV set-tops manufactured by Pace.
Pace DOCSIS 3.0 hybrid gateway model No. ND7506 passed emissions tests at the FCC earlier this month, according to a document obtained by The Donohue Report. The gateways, painted bright green, will power pink IPTV set-tops from Pace that appear designed to be installed in kids rooms.
Layer 3 TV has said previously that it plans to use SeaChange International’s Nucleus video gateway software. Nucleus could help it distribute personalized programming and advertising to multiple IP video devices in subscriber homes, including connected TVs, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles.
Layer 3 described itself in an FCC ex parte letter on Nov. 10 as a “new, facilities-based multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) with a defined footprint,” and that is “dedicated to innovating within the traditional MVPD ecosystem.”
Former Broadbus Technologies CEO Jeff Binder and former Comcast CTO David Fellows founded Layer3 TV last year. Fox Cable Networks and Cox Communications veteran Lindsay Gardner is Layer3 TV’s chief content officer, and Robert Schaeffler, who was CTO at Broadbus, is Layer3 TV’s chief architect.
Layer 3 TV has stepped up recruitment efforts in recent weeks. Positions it is looking to fill in Denver include director of field operations, installation supervisor, warehouse operations manager and “NOC (Network Operations Center) Technician – Tier 1.”
“The NOC is a 24/7 service provider to both internal and external customers and candidates may be required to work any shift, including nights and weekends,” Layer 3 wrote in a recent job listing.
Look for Layer3 TV CEO Jeff Binder and other executives to detail the company’s strategy next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.