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RVU Alliance Demonstrates First RVU Certified Products

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Demonstration of First RVU Certified Product at IBC 2011 Showcases Remote User Interface Technology</b> </p>

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

RVU Alliance Demonstrates First RVU Certified Products08:00 EDT Wednesday, September 07, 2011 AMSTERDAM (Business Wire) -- The RVU Alliance announced today that Alliance members Broadcom, DIRECTV, Entropic Communications, JetHead Development and Pace will demonstrate their latest RVU based solutions at the IBC Show in Amsterdam from Sept. 9-13. The demonstrations will showcase numerous Remote User Interface (RUI) solutions based on the publicly available RVU standard, including the first product certified by the RVU Alliance independent certification program, the C30 client is manufactured by Pace PLC for DIRECTV. The C30 thin client will be used with DIRECTV's HR34 RVU server which will be launched in October 2011. The C30 and HR34 designs are based on Broadcom's HD Set-Top Box System-on-Chip (SoC) family of products. The publicly available RVU standard allows a single server in a household to serve multiple clients simultaneously, providing every TV in a household the same consistent User Interface and experience. RVU servers provide a single, easily upgradable central point in the home that enables service providers to present their UI on compatible CE devices with no additional hardware required, providing DVR features directly on that CE device. Demonstrations at IBC will include RVU servers, and TV, and set-top box based RVU client devices. “The RVU Alliance is proud to announce their members' demonstrations at this key industry forum,” said Henry Derovanessian, president of the RVU Alliance Board of Directors and SVP of Engineering at DIRECTV. “Showing certified products at IBC this year demonstrates the progress the RVU Alliance has made in completing the product specification, and the benefits of a fully independent certification program to ensure device interoperability. The demonstrations will clearly show how RUI technologies can extend the viewing experience throughout the home on a wide range of consumer devices.” RVU Alliance members will be demonstrating RVU system solutions at the following stands: Broadcom – Meeting Room G105, Hall 2 (Invitation only)Entropic Communications & JetHead Development – Stand 3.A41Pace – Stand 1.B19 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 specification is maintained by 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. For more information on the RVU Alliance please visit Additional Contacts: Broadcom                 DIRECTV Dana Brzozkiewicz Robert Mercer Tel: +1 949-202-7505 +1 310-964-4683   Entropic Communications JetHead Development Chris Fallon David Bye Ruder Finn for Entropic Communications VP Marketing & Business Development Tel: +1 212-715-1691 Tel: +1 760-444-1259   Pace PLC RVU Alliance Eleanor Orebigann for Pace Alan Smith Tel: +1 310-964-3290   About RVU Alliance The RVU Alliance is an Oregon-based non-profit mutual benefit corporation formed to develop a specification for the new RVU technology including a full-featured “pixel accurate” Remote User Interface (RUI). Founding Promoter members are Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV, Samsung and Verizon. Other Promoter members are Cortina, Entropic, Huawei, Humax, JetHead Development Inc, LG, Morega, Pace PLC, Sigma Designs, Solekai Systems, ST Microelectronics, Technicolor, Trident Microsystems and Vixs. The RVU Alliance complements and benefits existing industry interoperability initiatives and underscores its founders' commitment to the sharing of digital content in the connected home. For more information about the RVU Alliance, please visit RVU AllianceRobert Mercer,