Pace, Rovi supercharge multi-room DVR
Pace is hitting the market with a multi-room DVR system that integrates one HD DVR, multiple non-DVR HD set-tops and a network attached storage (NAS) device that together deliver dual-tuner HD DVR functionality to every connected TV.
Pace’s Home Content Sharing (HCS) system is integrated with Rovi’s Interactive Program Guide (IPG) and Rovi’s Connected Platform software, which provides some of the HCS' functionality.
The HCS solution is able to distribute nine simultaneous HD streams throughout the home. Subscribers will be able to concurrently record six HD programs while maintaining full trick mode capability, which Pace claims is an industry first.
The NAS provides centralized storage and enables the non-DVR set-tops to access and share recorded content. Supported features include watch-and-record, pausing live TV and managing recordings from connected televisions. Other DVR features including a folder system, a bulk delete tool and the ability to bookmark playback to resume in another room.
Rovi’s Connected Platform software product is also being used in Pace’s HCS to provide a standards-based, secure content sharing platform. When used in conjunction with Pace’s advanced multi-room DVR software, the Connected Platform product can enable cable operators to evolve their whole-home services to include more personalized content. This includes music, video, photos and Internet content, delivered using DLNA-, UPnP- and DTCP-IP-compliant devices via the home data network.
“Pace’s product development teams have achieved an important industry first in creating a multi-room DVR platform with a groundbreaking number of simultaneous recordings and HD streams that will delight cable subscribers,” said Pace America’s vice president of sales and marketing Tim O’Loughlin. “We have chosen to launch our HCS system alongside Rovi’s IPG due to its extraordinary prevalence in the cable market and its flexibility as an integration platform.”
Pace said its HCS solution, including the set-top box and the NAS, are available for immediate deployment. For cable operators who are not currently Rovi IPG customers, the Rovi IPG is available now from the company.