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License issued for 'TV-Anytime' standard

Tue, 11/22/2005 - 6:27am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Via Licensing Corp. has issued a joint patent license for patents that are considered "essential" for the implementation of the TV Anytime Phase 1 interactive television standard.

The license for that standard, also known as TVA-1, will be offered to device manufacturers and service providers that intend to adopt it. The aim is to streamline the process and reduce the overall cost of obtaining the necessary licenses.

Rather than going to the individual patent holders, the joint patent license covers patents related to TVA-1 that are owned by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), France Telecom, LG Electronics, NDS, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, and Sharp.

The standard addresses how consumers can search, select and acquire broadcast and online content via mobile media devices and set-tops with on-board hard drives. TVA-1 is published by ETSI  as TS 102 822.

In July, Via Licensing, a division of Dolby Laboratories Inc., released the licensing terms of patents linked to the 1.0 version of the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) and the Digital Video Broadcasting Multimedia Home Platform (DVB-MHP).

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