Intellon to Provide HomePlug®1.0 with Turbo Solution for Broadband Connectivity for DIRECTV On Demand Service

Monday, August 27th, 2007 
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HomePlug-based Powerline Communications Technology Will Link DIRECTV’s HD DVR Set Top Box to the Home PC or Internet Gateway

OCALA, FL — Intellon Corporation, a leading provider of HomePlug-compatible integrated circuits (ICs) for home networking, networked entertainment, broadband over powerline (BPL) and smart grid applications, today announced that its HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline communications IC will provide No New Wires® connectivity for DIRECTV’s video on demand service that is scheduled to launch this fall.

DIRECTV On Demand will offer customers access to thousands of titles, including movies, music, popular television shows and more, through their DIRECTV Plus HD DVR. DIRECTV customers who sign up for the new service will have access to a HomePlug-enabled surge protector and a HomePlug powerline-to-Ethernet adapter, manufactured by TII Network Technologies. This will enable the consumer to connect each HR20 set-top box to the Internet for DIRECTV content downloading, using existing home wiring. Set up menus will guide the user or installer through the HomePlug installation in just two easy steps.

“DIRECTV is pleased to offer the HomePlug option to consumers,” said Romulo Pontual, DIRECTV’s CTO. “Our new DIRECTV On Demand service is designed for ease of use and HomePlug supports that objective by enabling a simple installation process.”

“DIRECTV’s new DIRECTV On Demand service will provide its customers a new array of content and entertainment options,” said Rick E. Furtney, President and Chief Operating Officer of Intellon. “We are pleased that Intellon’s HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline communications IC will provide the connectivity solution for DIRECTV’s on demand service.”