Macrovision has launched its Passport tru2way solution and has added multi-room DVR capabilities to its Passport Echo 3.5 and i-Guide A28 interactive program guides (IPGs).

Macrovision has also launched its Connected Platform solution with tru2way support to make it easier for consumer electronics manufacturers to deploy DLNA-, UPnP-, DTCP-IP- and tru2way-compliant networked set-tops and TVs for whole home access to recorded digital media.

The company will demonstrate its new technologies at The Cable Show this week in Washington, D.C.

The company’s Passport tru2way solution is a fully integrated IPG for tru2way-enabled devices.

Meanwhile, with planned availability on Motorola's standardized MoCA-enabled set-top boxes, Macrovision’s multi-room DVR solutions will allow DVR-recorded content to be watched throughout the home network.

“DVRs have continued to gain traction in U.S. households, topping 31 million at the end of 2008,” said Ian Olgeirson, senior analyst with SNL Kagan. “Cable operators face an increasingly competitive environment and need to add multi-room DVRs in order to more economically satisfy demand for the time-shifting technology on additional screens in the household.”

Some Passport and iGuide multi-room DVR features:

  • Start and stop a show in one room and resume play in another
  • View a list of recordings from multiple locations within the home
  • Watch a recorded program at the same time that other family members watch the same show
  • Use trick mode, with multiple speeds for fast forward, rewind, pause, slow motion and instant replay
  • Play up to three HD shows on the network while recording two HD shows

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