Liberty Global to Build Multimedia Home Gateway with Samsung, Intel, NDS and NagravisionWednesday, May 12th, 2010
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Liberty Global, Inc. (“Liberty Global”, “LGI”, or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA) (NASDAQ: LBTYB) (NASDAQ: LBTYK) announces plans to work with Samsung (Seoul: 005930), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), NDS Group and Nagravision (SWX:KUD.VX) to build a revolutionary new device for our digital TV customers. This multimedia home gateway will be an all-IP platform capable of distributing video, voice and data content throughout the home and to multiple video displays. The user interface, which will seamlessly integrate video content, widgets, apps, and an advanced search and recommendation engine, will forever change how our customers experience digital TV and IP-based content.
Liberty Global has selected a set of world class technology partners for this project. Samsung will build the multimedia home gateway, which will be powered by the Intel® Atom™ CE Media Processor. The middleware and the user experience will be provided by NDS, based on Flash™ Technology. Nagravision will provide the conditional access solution through NAGRA Media Access. This solution will support MoCA and WiFi, and participate in the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) ecosystem.
Liberty Global’s President and CEO Mike Fries said, “This revolutionary platform will provide LGI’s customers in Europe with a groundbreaking new product that has long been anticipated but never delivered: a seamless, intuitive way for people to access their live, time-shifted, on-demand, and Web-based content on the television. Consumers everywhere are increasingly demanding smart, elegant and simple tools to navigate, share and enjoy their video content. Together with our partners, we are making this experience a reality for our customers.”
Woonsub Kim, Executive Vice President and head of the Telecommunication Systems Business of Samsung Electronics said, “As a leading provider of home entertainment devices, we are very honored to join a historical milestone for the development of the next-generation multimedia platform as one of LGI’s partners. Through strong collaboration between LGI and Samsung, this multimedia platform can meet the growing consumer demands for interoperable and more abundant home convergence services. We are developing innovative products with optimized solutions by leveraging the wide area of expertise within Samsung, including our retail and marketing expertise.”
“Intel is honored to be selected as a technology provider for this innovative home gateway,” said Eric Kim, senior vice president, Intel Digital Home Group. “We share LGI’s vision to integrate broadcast, Internet and personal media into TV. Our Intel® Atom™ CE Media Processors provide the performance needed to bring Internet and multimedia applications to the TV. Together we will provide a smart, interactive and entertaining TV experience for consumers.”
“This innovative platform will revolutionize entertainment in the home, introducing the next generation of multimedia services enabled by NDS’ world leading MediaHighway® middleware technology, and a state-of-the-art user experience based on the award-winning NDS Snowflake™,” said Abe Peled, Chairman and CEO, NDS. “The convergence of multiple platforms through one device will provide a truly unified experience for Liberty Global customers.”
The multimedia home gateway is scheduled for deployment in Europe from the first half of 2011 and will join our current line-up of advanced digital set-top boxes.