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Companies that want to get an early jump on devices that support the TV-Anytime standard stand to get a decent deal.

The patent pool and its administrator, Via Licensing, have launched an "early adopter" program designed to drive companies to sign on for the license. The TVA-1 standard is tied to technologies that enable consumers to search, select, and acquire broadcast and online audiovisual content via mobile devices and set-tops with mass storage capabilities (i.e. digital video recorders).

These early adopter incentives apply to companies that obtain a license before June, 1, 2007:

- Device manufacturers can make, use or sell an unlimited number of TV-Anytime-compliant devices through Dec. 31, 2008, for a one-time administration fee of $10,000. Fees beyond that date will be at rates previously announced and published by Via Licensing.

- Public-service and free-to-air broadcasters and metadata service providers will be able to use the patents through May 31, 2017, for a license fee of $10,000, plus a one-time administration fee of $10,000.

- Subscription-based TV service providers will be entitled to use the patents through Dec. 31, 2008, for a one-time fee of $10,000. After that, the previously announced fees and rates will apply.

The TVA-1 pool includes patents from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), France Telecom, LG Electronics, NDS, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, and Sharp.

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