U.K. set-top box vendor Pace has become the first STB supplier to have a product certified by the RVU Alliance to work in an RVU-based whole-home, client-server architecture. The certification means that the Pace box, the vendor's C30 set-top unit, supports the RVU Alliance's remote user interface protocol, which stems from the Digital Living Network Alliance and supports remote content distribution over a home network.
The certification approval came from the RVU's test partner, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory. RVU Alliance member Pace said the C30 RVU Client, co-developed with JetHead Development for fellow RVU supporter DirecTV (Nasdaq:DTV), is a small-footprint set-top box that connects to an RVU server that can serve multiple device clients simultaneously. That would reduce the need for secondary set-top boxes, as well as traditional large-footprint STBs.
DirecTV and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) have been the most notable service provider members of the RVU Alliance, which was formed in 2009. Though commercial deployment of the RVU protocol has been delayed over the last year or so, the protocol got a significant boost when product certification testing began at UNH-IOL earlier this summer. Now, DirecTV is conducting field trials of the RVU client-server model in hopes of having a commercial offering later this year.
The product certification comes just days after rumors circulated that Pace could be the target of an acquisition offer, though no such offer has emerged since. The company is among the worldwide market share leaders in the STB market, and has been busy buying other companies in recent years, though more recently has seen its market value sink. Company officials reportedly have been reviewing strategic options.
DirecTV reportedly has been testing the RVU protocol
Pace acquired 2Wire in the summer of 2010