FTA Communication Technologies and Discvision engage in cooperation for hybrid set top boxes
Luxemburg, Germany 2007, Betzdorf, Paderborn - May 21st, 2007- FTA and Discvision announced joint cooperation aimed at delivering a new bread of hybrid set top boxes featuring high-definition, twin tuner PVR and home networking capabilities. Products planned to hit the market with the Inverto brand by autumn this year with satellite variants first and a full range of cable and terrestrial models by the end of the year. The companies will reveal and demonstrate their joint development on FTA's stand (H15) at the imminent ANGA cable show in Cologne during May 22nd - 24th.
"The TV industry finds itself at the very same crossroad which the music industry had encountered some seven years ago. Our goal is to meet consumer needs with products enabling both traditional TV and new services in the most inclusive, user-centric, and scalable fashion. By puzzle-matching our Inverto R&D assets with those of Discvision towards the hybrid space, we focus on making this technology available to tier-1 consumer electronic players for this year's sales" said Tomer Bentzion, FTA's CEO. "Inverto recordable hybrid product shall be made available by September 2007 with a host of new, real use-cases to consumers and with the newest High Definition technology integrated within it".
"FTA is a specialist in the domain of personal video recorders and the most innovative player in European satellite arena. We are therefore thrilled to have FTA as a partner," said Dr. Reinhard Luling, managing director of Discvision. "FTA has spearheaded digital recording appliances in the Set-top Box retail segment and won world class brands as customers. Discvision undertook to focalize its efforts around the hybrid solutions and the complementary match with Inverto design team brings these respective assets to materialization in ways consumers are expecting since quite a while. We believe that the market opportunity for hybrid boxes will overtake the market in the coming years much like MP3 players who have displaced CD players from most of the audio console markets."
The software architecture is based on the Linux operating system. "Exploiting core networking capabilities of the Linux platform to target and effectively addressing, in this way, the DRM issues are vital aspects of the join effort. This Linux-based stack assures easy in-home file sharing based on the UPnP protocols, the richest set of recording functionalities, recording of up to four TV programs and playback of separate stream in parallel and an intelligent EPG application that can collaborate with web services such as those of Axel Springer Digital TV Guide." said Reinhard who also announced the availability of a PC client software that allows streaming and recordings of live TV from the DVR to the PC as well as archiving recordings on DVD.
About FTA Communication Technologies (www.ftacom.com) FTA Communication Technologies (" FTA" ) is a leader in the digital broadcast reception equipment market. The Company designs and markets consumer digital reception products for the use of free-to-air and pay-TV services. FTA's products address the need for innovative, cost-effective, and 'user-experience enhancing' home appliances for the reception and viewing of multimedia services. FTA is privately held, headquartered in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with sales and operational offices in China, UK and Germany.
About DiscVision (www.discvision.com) DiscVision GmbH, based in Paderborn, Germany is an R&D design house that concentrates on the development and integration of advanced PVR systems. Using the long term know how in Linux based PVR systems, DiscVision is partnering with silicon providers and OEM partners since 2001 using own hardware platforms or hardware platforms that are integrated by the partners. DiscVisions integrates hardware and software and provides references system and turnkey solutions for OEM partners and brand owners. DiscVision has long term experience in the integration of DVB-S, DVB-T and DVB-C PVR platforms as well as on the integration of CA solutions for such platforms. DiscVision is offering the PVR systems and technologies in companion with a large set of external tools and services which interface to the DVR via a local PC or via the Internet.