DirecTV Launches Field Trial of Multiroom View Technology
May 19, 2011
EL SEGUNDO,CALIF.: DirecTV has recently started
field trial testing for its multiroom viewing technology. The DirecTV Home
Media Center will provide programming to multiple TVs throughout a household
from a single server.
The launch of field trial testing for DirecTV’s model HR34 RVU-enabled server, the
heart of the DirecTV Home Media Center, marks a major milestone both for the
RVU technology and the new DirecTV platform, which the company plans to begin rolling
out nationwide to customers in October 2011.
RVU is a client/server-based technology that allows the television viewer to
experience a consistent, pixel accurate server-generated user interface on
various consumer electronics devices. The RVU specification uses widely
implemented UPnP and DLNA technologies to enable a gateway device such as an
advanced set-top box to work with non-proprietary client devices such as
connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.
“The DirecTV Home Media Center is going to simplify the way our customers watch
television throughout their homes and give them access not only to their favorite
content in HD and DVR functionality on each television, but to a consistent,
feature rich user interface,
what room they are in,” said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and chief
technology officer for DirecTV. “We made a commitment to RVU technology when we
joined the RVU Alliance in 2009 and we are excited to see the fruits of the
Alliance’s labor becoming a reality with the launch of our DirecTV Home Media
Center field trial.”
The HR34 will be compatible with RVU-certified clients, including DirecTV’s C30
Home Media Clients and RVU compatible televisions. RVU certification for these
products is expected to be finalized this June.
DirecTV is currently a member of The RVU Alliance, founded by Broadcom, Cisco, DirecTV,
Samsung and Verizon, which facilitates the adoption of an open-standard technology
that allows service providers to expand their unique UI and user experience
onto standard consumer devices without the need for proprietary equipment.