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Via Licensing issues joint license for DVB-MHP

Tue, 02/13/2007 - 6:08am
Jeff Baumgartner, CED

Via Licensing has released a joint license for DVB-MHP 1.0, a royalty-bearing middleware platform that shares several patents and other intellectual property linked to the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP).

After signing on the dotted line, licensees will obtain the patents deemed essential to implement services that work on DVB-MHP (Digital Video Broadcasting-Multimedia Home Platform), a middleware that is popular in Europe.

Companies that hold those essential patents (and are in a position to share in the license fees) include Comcast Corp., LG Electronics, OpenTV, Panasonic, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics and Time Warner Cable. Those parties also hold the essential patents for the OCAP licenses administrated by Via Licensing, a division of Dolby.

License fees for DVB-MHP run $1.75 per device, but companies that sign a license during the first six months of availability will get a 15 percent discount on royalties due for products sold prior to the availability of the license.

Fees for service providers will run 25 cents per subscriber (household) per year. Operators also have the option of paying a one-time fee of $1.25 per subscriber over the five-year term of the license.

Additional terms for free-to-air broadcasters are listed on the Web.

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