|[January 07, 2013]
Pace Achieves Production Approval for DIRECTV® Next Generation "Genie" Server and Client
BOCA RATON, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Pace (LSE: PIC), a leading global developer of advanced technologies for
service providers, today announced the recent approval for production of
DIRECTV's next generation HR44 "Genie" Media Server and C41 "mini Genie"
device. These innovative new products are developed in compliance with
the RVU protocol, as managed by the RVU Alliance (www.rvualliance.org).
The introduction of this next generation RVU server and client
architecture supersedes the successful deployment of Pace manufactured
HR34 Genie server and C31 mini Genie throughout the United States in
2012. This also follows numerous other Pace High Definition set-top box
developments for DIRECTV all based on the highly successful Common
Driver Interface (CDI) standard. Pace's experience in using CDI has
decreased the development time for complex HD, HD-DVR and client/server
set-top box solutions to less than a year.
"The innovation and success of the HR34 and C31 Home Media Center
products across our network in 2012, affords great anticipation as we
introduce our next generation Genie solution," said Romulo Pontual (News - Alert),
executive vice president and CTO for DIRECTV. "This represents a
significant advancement in home media content distribution. With Pace,
we continue to partner on innovative products and solutions for our
The DIRECTV "Genie" system is based on the RVU protocol, which is in
turn based on DLNA and part of the DLNA Premium Video guidelines. This
allows the streaming of HD video content via a highly secure connection
to the C41 clients, or other compatible CE devices. It also provides a
consistent UI across all connected platforms.
RVU offers a proven, deployed standard allowing broadcasters to keep
their brand experience intact on every TV in the home. t delivers a
pixel perfect user guide and high quality video to every client in the
home, significantly reducing the amount of software testing required as
new features are delivered.
"The RVU platform is designed to simplify everything from the
development, integration, and deployment of the system," said Tim
O'Loughlin, president, Pace Americas. "This translates into a seamless
home installation with a great user experience."
As the processing power in Home Media Servers increases year after year,
the ability to consolidate the user guide, applications and video
storage centrally, and securely, provides broadcasters a more efficient
way to offer added value services. Such services include Pandora,
Facebook (News - Alert) and YouTube, alongside linear TV. The simplification of the
eco-system benefits everybody with shorter development times, more
exciting functionality, and higher customer satisfaction.
DIRECTV launched their "Genie" Whole Home system to subscribers across
the United States in 2012.
Pace (LSE: PIC) creates technologies, software, hardware and services
for the broadcast and broadband industries. Pace solutions empower
cable, telco and satellite operators to simply and cost-effectively
innovate at the speed they want, in the way they want for their
subscribers. Pace has built up its experience and expertise over 30
years and this is recognized by a customer base of over 160 operators
around the globe.
Headquartered in the UK, Pace operates in markets across the world, and
employs around 2300 people in locations that also include the USA,
France, India and China. For further information, visit: www.pace.com.
About RVU Alliance
RVU is a client/server-based technology that allows the television
viewer to experience a consistent, pixel accurate server-generated user
interface on various consumer electronics devices. The RVU specification
uses widely implemented UPnP and DLNA technologies to enable a gateway
device such as an advanced set-top box to work with non-proprietary
client devices such as connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top
boxes. The specification is maintained by the RVU Alliance, founded by
Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV, Samsung and Verizon (News - Alert), which facilitates the
adoption of an open standard technology that allows service providers to
expand their unique UI and user experience onto standard consumer
devices without the need for proprietary equipment. For more information
on the RVU Alliance please visit www.rvualliance.org.
The RVU Alliance is an Oregon-based non-profit mutual benefit
corporation formed to develop a specification for the RVU technology
including a full-featured "pixel accurate" Remote User Interface (RUI).
Founding Promoter members are Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV, Samsung (News - Alert) and
Verizon. Other Promoter members are BSkyB, Entropic, Humax, JetHead
Development Inc, Pace PLC, Qualcomm-Atheros, Sigma Designs, Sky Brasil,
ST Microelectronics, Technicolor (News - Alert) and Trident Microsystems. The RVU
Alliance complements and benefits existing industry interoperability
initiatives and underscores its founders' commitment to the sharing of
digital content in the connected home. For more information about the
RVU Alliance, please visit www.rvualliance.org.
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