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CES 2011: Samsung, DirecTV Ditch The Set-Top Box

1/08/2011 12:36:47 PM Eastern
LAS VEGAS - Samsung and DirecTV revealed at International CES this week a new "RVU-protocol" technology that will enable playing live broadcast and recorded DVR content on select Samsung smart TVs, without the need for an additional set-top box.

 The companies said the technology will allow a more seamless entertainment experience for consumers looking to view DirecTV content and services across multiple rooms and screens.

The RVU protocol is based on standardized Remote User Interface (RUI) technology, and uses industry standards such as DLNA and UPnP, to enable a central set-top box server to provide a multi-room, complete viewing experience that includes DVR services, without the need for additional set-top boxes in homes that have more than one connected TV, Samsung said.

The RVU protocol will be supported on Samsung's LED D6000, LED D6400 and LED 6420 series TV products that are due to start shipping to retail in March.

"We are very happy to be working with an esteemed satellite provider like DirecTV and provide the world first RVU service to consumers with Samsung TV," said Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung's Visual Display Business president. "Products developed on RVU standards, one of the major RUI standards, will help accelerate the development of features and applications that can provide our customers with a truly customizable, immersive entertainment experience that can be enjoyed from the comfort of the home."

The system will support multiple connected televisions at a time.
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