updated 03:50 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2012
Broadcom makes deal with SlingBox, Myriad
Chipmaker Broadcom has made a few significant deals this week, partnering with Sling Media for its EchoStar set-top technology and with Myriad for the Alien Vue solution. The deals could result in a Broadcom system-on-chip that may allow set-top boxes for TVs that run Android apps and aren't limited to home Wi-Fi networks. Thus far, only Dish Network allows place-shifting in Sling's Slingbox set-tops.
The Myriad deal means Broadcom will help Myriad in its quest to bring Android apps to users' TVs. Alien Vue also supports plug-ins such as Myriad Connect & Share for multi-screen support for smartphones, tablets and TVs. HTML5 compatibility allows YouTube, Netflix and Twitter support. Myriad planned to sell Alien Vue to service providers.
Broadcom may ship its new BCM7425 chips using the technology in the summer. [via SlashGear]