RVU Alliance Demonstrates First RVU Certified Products

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 
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Demonstration of First RVU Certified Product at IBC 2011 Showcases Remote User Interface Technology

AMSTERDAM — IBC 2011 — The RVU Alliance announced today that Alliance members Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM), DIRECTV (Nasdaq: DTV), Entropic Communications (Nasdaq:ENTR), JetHead Development and Pace plc (LSE: PIC) will demonstrate their latest RVU based solutions at the IBC Show in Amsterdam from Sept. 9-13.

The demonstrations will showcase numerous Remote User Interface (RUI) solutions based on the publicly available RVU standard, including the first product certified by the RVU Alliance independent certification program, the C30 client is manufactured by Pace PLC for DIRECTV. The C30 thin client will be used with DIRECTV’s HR34 RVU server which will be launched in October 2011. The C30 and HR34 designs are based on Broadcom’s HD Set-Top Box System-on-Chip (SoC) family of products.

The publicly available RVU standard allows a single server in a household to serve multiple clients simultaneously, providing every TV in a household the same consistent User Interface and experience. RVU servers provide a single, easily upgradable central point in the home that enables service providers to present their UI on compatible CE devices with no additional hardware required, providing DVR features directly on that CE device. Demonstrations at IBC will include RVU servers, and TV, and set-top box based RVU client devices.

“The RVU Alliance is proud to announce their members’ demonstrations at this key industry forum,” said Henry Derovanessian, president of the RVU Alliance Board of Directors and SVP of Engineering at DIRECTV. “Showing certified products at IBC this year demonstrates the progress the RVU Alliance has made in completing the product specification, and the benefits of a fully independent certification program to ensure device interoperability. The demonstrations will clearly show how RUI technologies can extend the viewing experience throughout the home on a wide range of consumer devices.”

RVU Alliance members will be demonstrating RVU system solutions at the following stands:

  • Broadcom – Meeting Room G105, Hall 2 (Invitation only)
  • Entropic Communications & JetHead Development – Stand 3.A41
  • Pace – Stand 1.B19

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, 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.