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DiscVision shows innovative PVR solutions on IFA and IBC

connectTV service platform allows easy out-of-home access and display of video portals like Youtube and others on TV screens.

Paderborn, Germany, August, 27, 2007, DiscVision GmbH presents at the IFA 2007 (held in Berlin from August 31st to September 5th ) and on the IBC 2007 (held in Amsterdam from September 7th, so September 12th) a number of innovative PVR applications and technologies. The systems presented on the exhibition are developed in close partnership with Dynavisions Schweiz AG, NEC Electronics Europe GmbH, Axel Springer Digital TV Guide GmbH and Mediamall Technologies, Denmark.

On both exhibitions, DiscVision presents PVR and STB technologies that are based on the STi7109 system-on-chip solution or on the new NEC EMMA2-SE system-on-chip platform.

While the ST-based platforms target applications for HDTV, the NEC-based system allows a cost efficient implementation of standard definition PVR systems. Both hardware platforms provide networking connectivity using Ethernet and USB2.0 host interfaces. Thus, the system can easily be integrated into any kind of home network and can access media files that reside on PC or other network devices. While the ST platform has integrated support of HDMI, the NEC-based system comes with an optional HDMI de-interlazer and scaler as well as with optional support for DVB-CI, and dual TV supporting two independent audio / video streams from one device.

A third hardware platform that is presented on the exhibitions, is an IP STB that can be connected to the PVR within a home media network and can display either live TV content received by the PVR from a DVB network or can display recorded content that resides on the PVR hard disk. In this way, the IP STB is the cost efficient solution for the implementation of home media networks that allows to provide PVR functionality within each room of the home.

The software that is running on all these devices is based on Linux OS and therefore supports the integration of the devices into IP networks in a very easy way. Besides the PVR functionality of the systems, the overall demonstration of DiscVision features the home networking as a central aspect of these systems. The software of all presented systems are based on a proven software platform that is available in the market for many years. The PVR application implements the following functionality:
Twin tuner PVR which allows for recording on integrated hard disk, external USB2.0 hard disk (any number of USB disks can be connected using port replicator) or PC share. Support of timeshift on all possible recording devices. Parallel recording of up to four TV programs and playback of separate stream in parallel. Various recording functionalities: recording defined by EPG, recording defined by timers, recording defined by keyword, or by genres. EPG: based on DVB-SI information or Managed EPG provided by external partners (e.g. Axel Springer Digital TV Guide GmbH, www.as-guides.com) PVRpilot PC software allows streaming of live TV and recordings from the DVR to the PC client as well as the DVD archiving of recordings using the PC. Integration of MHEG-5, 1.06 " Support of DTG requirements for the UK market Support of Freeview Playback specification Dual TV support on NEC hardware platform (using SCART interface)
The software stack provides UPnP AV functionality for the access to remote UPnP media servers as well as for UPnP control and client. In combination with the IP STB system, this allows to set up powerful multiroom systems for the provision of recorded or live TV content within the overall home media network. Content that is received live from the DVB network, is provided as stream to the IP STB in any other room of the home using an appropriate IP network. In the same way it is possible to access the recorded DVB content that resides on the PVR systems and replay these recordings on any STB device within the home.

While the in-home connection is supported by UPnP the software from DiscVision integrates a number of services that are bundled under framework of the connectTV platform. connectTV provides various content services that are typically provided via the Web platform for the first time to the TV. Service that are provided here are:
E-mail notifiers and e-mail readers Amazon.com, Amazon.de implementation on the STB platform that allows to use the Amazon services on a TV for the first time. RSS feeds from popular web sites can be accessed Services like traffic information, weather forecast and others are integrated Access to popular video portals from the Internet: In cooperation with Mediamall Technologies and AMD, a service is integrated that allows for the first time the fullscreen display of content from popular video portals like Youtube and others on the TV. The services are provided in a bundle that is set up by Mediamall Technologies, Denmark and provided an easy and intuitive access to the content.

connectTV also proves services for the remote access to the PVR / STB at home without having to modify any setting on the xDSL or cable modem. This access can be done from any Internet browser and is secured by a user-specific login. Using this access it is possible to schedule recordings, access low-bandwidth media, handle settings and share media between multiple users.

The remote access to the PVR within the user home is a central feature for future service providers that download content to the users PVR hard disk. These service providers have to control the status of the PVR at the user home to be able to provide the highest level of service quality and the minimal costs. connectTV allows for this and implements services that are defined by the ADSL Forum in the TR069 specification. Using the connectTV remote maintenance platform it is possible to upgrade software on the PVR automatically via the Internet, access all important settings, scan the performance of the connected DVB network, upgrade EPG data and much more.

On the IBC, an additional functionality of the DiscVision software stack will be presented. Here the integration of a home automation network within the user interface of the PVR / STB is shown for the first time. In the demonstration shown on IBC, the LCN bus is integrated and it is shown how a LCN network can be controlled from a PVR system. In the same way, KNX/EIB and other popular home control networks can be integrated. Also home appliances are integrated and can be controlled and monitored via the TV set. Currently the home appliances products of Miele & Cie. KG are supported.

All platforms presented on IFA and IBC are provided by DiscVision as turnkey solutions that can be customized in a large number of ways to fulfil the requirements of OEM partners. For OEM partners, the production of the systems can also be arranged.