CyberLink and Hauppauge Partner to Enable Playback of Satellite TV Services on the PC


cyberlink logoCyberLink Corp., a leader in digital home solutions, is showcasing the first solution for accessing high-definition pay-TV satellite services on the PC at IFA 2006. Partnering with leading TV tuner card manufacturer Hauppauge Computer Works, CyberLink has demonstrated the decryption and playback of subscription TV content.

The collaboration delivers a sophisticated PC solution allowing the reception, recording and playback of MPEG-2 HD and highly compressed MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) TV content broadcast via satellite.

CyberLink and Hauppauge have implemented signal reception, decoding, and playback of protected DVB-S2 and DVB-S content through their software and tuner card, in combination with the Hauppauge WinTV CI USB adapter.

The solution supports the following devices in order to play high-definition satellite pay-TV:

  • USB-based common interface device (USB 2CI – external adapter)
  • Conditional access module for descrambling of encrypted TV content (CAM – decryption)
  • Smart Card (TV service provided access card)

“Today’s demonstration showcases CyberLink’s support for pay-TV services and high-definition satellite TV,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp. “At this IFA we’re excited to have worked closely with Hauppauge to reveal the first glimpse of pay-TV on the PC. We’ll be working together to extend this functionality to ensure the best home entertainment experience possible.”

CyberLink PowerCinema 4.71, featuring support for pay-TV subscription services, is on display at the Hauppauge’s booth, Hall 1.2, booth 208.

About Hauppauge Digital
Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP) is a leading developer and manufacturer of digital TV and data broadcast receiver products for personal computers. Through its Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. and Hauppauge Digital Europe subsidiaries, the Company designs and develops digital video boards for TV-in-a-window, digital video editing and video conferencing. The Company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, with administrative offices in New York, Singapore, Ireland and Luxembourg and sales offices in Germany, London, Paris, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Singapore and California. The Company’s Internet web site can be found at www.hauppauge.com.

About CyberLink
CyberLink Corp. is the maker of award-winning applications PowerDVD, PowerDirector, PowerCinema, and DVD Solution. CyberLink has built a solid reputation for delivering high-quality, competitive products that add value to OEM customers and end-users alike. Business partners include leaders in the PC hardware industry: drive manufacturers, graphics card makers, and top-5 desktop and notebook brands. CyberLink’s digital multimedia range includes software for capturing and editing videos, authoring DVDs, and burning Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs. CyberLink’s digital entertainment products include playback solutions for accessing and enjoying media within the digital home, including instant-on applications for Linux and Windows XP Embedded platforms. CyberLink is also developing products for handheld platforms and streaming media content. CyberLink’s training solutions provide tools for creating training content, managing employee performance, and delivering online training programs. CyberLink listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (5203.TW) in 2000 and has posted positive year-on-year results ever since. CyberLink has operations in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific including Japan, with its worldwide headquarters located in Taipei. For more information, please visit: www.cyberlink.com

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Editor’s note: Details from Wikipedia on DVB-S and DVB-S2 (Yes, it does affect the U.S.)

DVB-S is the original Digital Video Broadcasting forward error coding and modulation standard for satellite television and dates from 1995. It is used via satellites serving every continent of the world. DVB-S is used in both MCPC and SCPC modes for broadcast network feeds, as well as for direct broadcast satellite services like Sky TV (UK) via Astra in Europe, Dish Network in the U.S., and Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The transport stream delivered by DVB-S is mandated as MPEG-2.

DVB-S2 is an improved and updated specification to replace the DVB-S standard, ratified by ETSI in March 2005. Today the main use for this new standard is the distribution of HDTV, while the original standard was mainly applied to SDTV services. The development of DVB-S2 coincided with the introduction of HDTV and H.264 (MPEG-4) video codecs.

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DVB-S2 is being introduced now in Europe. Since November 2005, two transponders on Astra at 19.2°E have operated in DVB-S2 and today (August 2006), several full-time HDTV subscription services are operational in Europe. DirecTV is also introducing it in the U.S., although its original system was Digital Satellite System (DSS), which employed an early pre-DVB-S FEC and QPSK modulation scheme and a pre-MPEG-2 transport stream.





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