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TMCNet:  RVU Alliance Advances to Next Generation with Cloud UI Support

[January 06, 2014]

RVU Alliance Advances to Next Generation with Cloud UI Support

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--

The RVU Alliance, which develops and promotes the RVU® Remote User Interface (RUI) standard, announced today the expansion of the RVU standard into the cloud.

The first products supporting the new RVU 2.0 specification will roll out in the first quarter of 2014 and will be demonstrated at CES (News - Alert) 2014. The RVU 2.0 specification builds on the success of the original RVU 1.0 standard by adding support for the HTML5 Canvas APIs, further enhancing the performance and capabilities of RVU clients. RVU 1.0 is supported in millions of consumer electronics devices that are already in customers' homes.

At CES 2014, JetHead Development will demonstrate the enhanced capabilities of RVU 2.0, showcasing an RVU 2.0 client at the show sourcing its graphical User Interface from a cloud-based server. In addition to JetHead, RVU Alliance members Broadcom, DIRECTV, Entropic (News - Alert), MStar and Samsung will hold demonstrations of RVU compliant products at CES. Please contact member companies directly to arrange a demonstration and overview of the technology.

"RVU 1.0 has been extremely successful in launching the Remote User Interface concept to a mass market," said Henry Derovanessian, president of the RVU Alliance Board of Directors and senior vice president of Engineering at DIRECTV. "The members of the RVU Alliance continue to innovate and drive the technology roadmap for UI delivery, which is based on a eployed standard with a base of millions of clients and servers. By building on this foundation, RVU 2.0 will enable advanced user interfaces directly on CE platforms from either local in-home or cloud-based servers."

RVU is based on the foundations of DLNA, is part of the DLNA guidelines, and allows streaming of video via secured connections from a central server to compatible CE devices. RVU also allows the server to export the same consistent User Interface (UI) and DVR features across all connected client platforms, effectively providing a DVR set-top box experience directly on a TV, but without the need for a set-top box. For a list of all compliant devices please visit

About RVU Alliance

RVU is a client/server-based technology that allows the television viewer to experience a consistent, pixel accurate server-generated user interface on various consumer electronics devices. The RVU specification uses widely implemented UPnP and DLNA technologies to enable a gateway device such as an advanced set-top box to work with non-proprietary client devices such as connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. The specification is maintained by the RVU Alliance, founded by Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV, Samsung and Verizon (News - Alert), which facilitates the adoption of an open standard technology that allows service providers to expand their unique UI and user experience onto standard consumer devices without the need for proprietary equipment. Based on the foundations of UPnP and DLNA, RVU is also available via the DLNA premium content guidelines.

For more information on the RVU Alliance please visit

The RVU Alliance is an Oregon-based non-profit mutual benefit corporation formed to develop a specification for the RVU technology including a full-featured "pixel accurate" Remote User Interface (RUI). For more information about the RVU Alliance, please visit

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