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DIRECTV Launches Field Trial of Its Home Media Center


5 Aug 2011
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New HR34 Server is the Hub of DIRECTV Home Media Center which will Provide Customers with a 'Receiver-less' Television Solution for the Home

For the 11th straight year DIRECTV, the world’s largest pay TV provider, has once again scored higher for customer satisfaction than all major cable TV companies in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today. In addition, DIRECTV surpassed its competitors, DISH Network and AT&T U-Verse, who both had the biggest declines of four points in the ACSI this year.

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, no matter what room they are in," said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO 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. For more information on the RVU Alliance please visit www.rvualliance.org.
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