Swiss set-top box maker Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) has announced a strategic partnership with Swiss-based content protection specialist Nagravision and US interactive TV software group OpenTV. The partners said they would "develop solutions for personal video recorders and market those solutions jointly as the parties agree".
Among those solutions is a high-definition MPEG-4 AVC-capable PVR with interactive applications such as an electronic programme guide (EPG) and 'push video-on-demand'—technology which distributes programming to PVRs. The first products are expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2006.
Pierre Roy, Nagravision COO, said the integration of his company's software with that provided by OpenTV running on ADB's hardware would "help reduce certain risks" and speed the development of PVR-based services.
"We are delighted to build upon the long-standing relationship we've enjoyed with Nagravision and ADB," said Jim Chiddix, OpenTV Chairman and CEO. "This enhanced collaboration should help create new opportunities for the companies by making it easier for operators to quickly deploy a state-of-the-art, fully integrated DVR solution for pay-TV."
"ADB is pleased to collaborate with Nagravision and OpenTV on this exciting project" said Philippe Lambinet CEO of ADB. "ADB believes that the introduction of MPEG-4 AVC brings enormous benefits to operators and that the advanced solutions we provide will be well received by the market."
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