MobiTV collaborates with Jabil to develop HDMI dongle

Monday, February 24th, 2014 
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True TV Everywhere Solution Enables Wireless Operators to Break Down Barriers to the Home

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — MobiTV, a global leader in enabling delivery of live and on-demand TV everywhere, today announced a strategic collaboration with Jabil Circuit Inc. (NYSE: JBL) to bring wireless operators new opportunities for swift and cost-effective expansion into the home viewing ecosystem. Together, the companies have developed a white-label HDMI dongle that can be branded and deployed by wireless operators to deliver a turnkey in-home TV everywhere experience to their existing customers or as a value-add offering to entice new customers. The partnership leverages Jabil’s powerful manufacturing and distribution capabilities with MobiTV’s Connected Media Platform to bring the solution to market quickly.

“The HDMI dongle is the first, comprehensive, customizable, full-service offering to provide wireless operators with a low-barrier-to-entry option for reaching consumers on any screen with an HDMI-compatible port,” said Charlie Nooney, CEO at MobiTV. “Collaborating with Jabil on the hardware side has enabled MobiTV to create and quickly deliver a complete, integrated solution that gives wireless operators the ability to attack the connected home by leveraging their strengths: mobile devices, networks, and valuable customer media services.”

The HDMI dongle helps wireless operators increase subscribers and average revenue per user (ARPU) by opening untapped revenue channels in the connected home. The device creates an opportunity for operators to leverage their branding, retail and marketing presence, wireless networks, and multiservice product bundles for immediate in-home deployment without requiring significant new operational investment. Additionally, the dongle will provide operators with a compelling solution for enhancing the in-home viewing experience by optimizing the growing use of the second screen, as tablets and smartphones become the key to discovery, navigation, and remote control for the big screen TV. Because the HDMI dongle will be operator-branded, they can seamlessly integrate the dongle into current product offerings and provide a more personalized multiscreen experience to customers.

“The collaboration with MobiTV marks a significant step in the proliferation of TV Everywhere services,” said Keith Cochran, Vice President, Digital Home, Jabil Circuit, Inc. “Our global manufacturing leadership combined with MobiTV’s expertise in content delivery and software development has enabled us to efficiently and quickly bring an HDMI dongle solution to market to give customers a cost-effective and turnkey option for diversifying their TV Everywhere product and service offerings.”