PacketVideo and Nagravision turn WiFi-enabled devices into mobile TVs

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 

Turning an iPhone into a TV receiver

  • Nagravision and PacketVideo partner to accelerate the mass market adoption of mobile TV with the first CA-enabled version of Telly
  • The easy-to-use, pocket-sized Telly turns an iPhone and other WiFi-enabled phones, portable media players and PCs into mobile TVs
  • Leaders on their respective markets, Nagravision and PacketVideo offer broadcast TV services to new subscribers and current users with the Telly receiver

CHESEAUX, Switzerland and SAN DIEGO, CA — Nagravision, a Kudelski Group (SWX:KUD) company, the world’s leading independent provider of value-added content protection solutions and PacketVideo (PV) [NASDAQ: WAVE], the software innovator powering the world’s leading mobile multimedia services, today introduced the first conditional access (CA)-enabled version of the Telly device. Created by PV and combined with Nagravision’s Mobile TV solution, Telly turns iPhones, WiFi-enabled phones, portable media players and PCs into mobile television sets. The new solution will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona on February 16 to 19, at the PacketVideo booth (1C09) and Nagravision hospitality suite, HS02 hall 4, level 4.

Telly is a pocketable device first introduced by PV in February 2008 at Mobile World Congress.Telly The product seamlessly decodes broadcast signals and repurposes them for high quality viewing, automatically recognizing the consumer’s device using patented protocols to ensure optimum rendering of the TV signal. Because Telly optimally processes audio and video signals, consumers have access to secure, premium channels without changing their current handset. Nagravision’s microSD CA card is embedded in the Telly device and the CAS agent is processed inside the unit.

“This innovative approach will increase an operator’s subscriber base instantly by providing mobile TV services to consumers already equipped with mid to high-end WiFi-enabled devices without a built-in mobile TV capability. Operators that have launched commercial mobile TV services in Europe and Asia are anticipating new revenue streams,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Senior Vice-President Product Line Management Digital TV for the Kudelski Group. “Nagravision has consistently delivered innovations in order to enable the mass market adoption of mobile TV services everywhere. This collaboration with PV expands the market potential of mobile TV services at launch, providing new revenue sources for operators and offering consumers more viewing options than ever before.”

“While the mobile TV market has significant growth potential and stands to change the way consumers watch, and demand, television, usability challenges have stunted adoption to date,” said Dr. Osama Alshaykh, chief technology officer, PV. “Our partnership with Nagravision is a strong step forward in accelerating the mass market adoption of mobile TV by putting broadcast TV services into the hands of new subscribers and current users.”

Telly will come in multiple versions, supporting the major mobile broadcast standards, including DVB-H and MediaFLO. The first version will be commercially available next quarter for launch on service operator’s networks.