Santa Clara, Calif. - Rovi and
broadband and broadcast products maker Pace
said Thursday that they are teaming up to jointly develop an integrated hybrid
IP solution for service providers looking to upgrade with Cloud services.
The hardware and software solution will be targeted toward the U.S.,
Canada and Latin America markets, offering providers the ability to deliver new
advanced subscriber services to help differentiate their offerings in the
marketplace, the companies said.
The solution will combine Pace's hybrid video gateway platforms
with Rovi's new TotalGuide search and discovery platform, based on a
customizable application and service framework.
The joint solution is expected to use standard web technologies
like HTML5 and be powered by Rovi Cloud Services, Rovi said in a statement.
The product will integrate easily with the existing cable
ecosystem in the Americas, and is expected to build on already widely deployed Rovi
and Pace pay TV infrastructures, which should help providers quickly rollout
out products to help transition to Cloud-based services, the companies said.
"Our complementary products and broad footprints put Pace and
Rovi in a strong position to launch a solution that can help service providers
successfully compete in a rapidly shifting entertainment marketplace," stated
Mike Pulli, Pace Americas president. "Together, we intend to give service
providers the tools to offer their users a superior entertainment experience
and flexible service platform, helping them to make sure that their services
can really stand out in the market, and be adapted quickly to support the
latest consumer trends and opportunities."
The new solution will give service providers control over how and
when they innovate and develop their Cloud-based services, the companies said.
It will leverage Pace's advanced hybrid video gateway devices and
middleware using next-generation broadcast and IP entertainment services and
Rovi's TotalGuide, which is "expected to be
entirely rendered in an embedded browser. Such an implementation could enable
fast customization and service additions, as well as delivering a consistent
experience across multiple devices, from TVs to smartphones and tablets," Rovi
"As a market leader in gateways and set-top boxes, Pace is an
ideal collaborator to help develop a solution that is compatible with the
current infrastructure, while also providing the customization capabilities
service providers need to deliver distinct offerings," said Corey Ferengul, Rovi
products executive VP. "We believe the flexibility, ease and technological power
of our planned hybrid solution holds great promise for service providers and
for consumers, who can ultimately benefit from a richer palette of
entertainment features and capabilities."