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August 04, 2009

RVU Alliance Seeks to Improve RUI Technology

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Looking to provide a full-featured “pixel accurate” remote user interface, Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV and Samsung have come together to form an alliance. The RVU Alliance will provide benefits to existing industry interoperability initiatives, claims the alliance.

RVU technology helps service providers to offer their content throughout connected homes of users. The availability of inexpensive communication products has provided opportunities for users to have connected homes and service providers are waking up to the revenue possibilities in this field. By providing a server-controlled, common user experience, more features and applications can be added to the system.
Throughout the connected home, RVU Alliance’s pixel accurate RUI technology will provide an identical user experience on all RVU-based thin client CE devices. With a single update in the RVU-based media server appearing on all subscribing thin client CE devices, refinements to the user experience can be deployed in the home.
“As consumers look for new ways to connect, share and enjoy commercial content throughout the home, Broadcom (News - Alert) is committed to enabling connectivity for an enhanced digital entertainment experience. By supporting RVU technology on set-top box, digital TV and Blu-ray system-on-a-chip solutions, we are enabling a consistent look and feel on connected devices in the home,” said Rich Nelson, Vice President of Marketing for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Group.
With RVU technology, the alliance expects that both consumers and service providers will embrace consumer electronic equipment. RVU technology provides high quality digital entertainment experience throughout the connected home and the alliance plans to deploy it in media servers and clients beginning early in 2010.
LG Electronics recently integrated the advanced Bluetooth technology from Broadcom Corporation (News - Alert) into a new line of digital televisions. The new Bluetooth capabilities of LGE televisions will enable consumers to connect other devices like wireless stereo headphones and cell phones to the TV set. The new LGE TVs can act as a wireless docking station for MP3-enabled cell phones and portable media players by using Broadcom Bluetooth technology.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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