OpenTV and AUSTAR Launch Quad Tuner PVR for Combined Satellite and Terrestrial ServiceWednesday, March 5th, 2008
Integrated PVR Services Powered by OpenTV Core2™ and OpenTV PVR2™
SAN FRANCISCO — OpenTV Corp. (NASDAQ:OPTV), a leading provider of solutions for the delivery of advanced digital television and advanced advertising services, today announced the commercial launch of the AUSTAR PVR, called MyStar, a quad tuner set-top box featuring two satellite tuners and two terrestrial tuners providing a first-of-its kind integrated PVR service for AUSTAR subscribers.
For the first time, AUSTAR viewers will be able to seamlessly utilize PVR functionality across local digital terrestrial and satellite subscription television services on one box, at just the touch of a button. This seamless viewer experience is made possible by OpenTV’s Core2 and PVR2 technologies, which provide the interfaces needed to link the satellite and terrestrial signals. The quad tuner functionality provided through MyStar functionality remains the same for both satellite and terrestrial services. Viewers are able to surf between satellite and terrestrial signals as if coming from the same network.
“With the advance in hardware and chipsets, the power and scalability of OpenTV Core2 and OpenTV PVR2 are becoming more and more apparent,” said Mike Ivanchenko, OpenTV’s SVP Sales. “We believe more and more multi-interface boxes will be required by networks and OpenTV technology has been designed to handle them from day one.”
OpenTV’s solution provides a full range of PVR functionality to AUSTAR viewers including live pause, instant rewind, one touch record, and dual record. All of these are provided seamlessly and consistently across the digital satellite and digital terrestrial bouquets with integrated resource and conflict management.
“OpenTV and its PVR technology are making this first of its kind launch possible,” said John Porter, CEO of AUSTAR. “MyStar revolutionizes the television experience of our customers, with the four tuners enabling them to enjoy all of their local channels directly alongside their AUSTAR channels for the first time. We are very proud of the launch of MyStar and look forward to launching more exciting new features in the near future.”