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Pace Achieves Production Approval for DIRECTV® Next Generation “Genie” Server and Client

  Pace Achieves Production Approval for DIRECTV® Next Generation “Genie”
  Server and Client

Rapid Development and Deployment Enable HD Video Streaming and Consistent User
                Interface (UI) Across All Connected Platforms

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- January 7, 2013

Pace (LSE: PIC), a leading global developer of advanced technologies for
service providers, today announced the recent approval for production of
DIRECTV’s next generation HR44 “Genie” Media Server and C41 “mini Genie”
device. These innovative new products are developed in compliance with the RVU
protocol, as managed by the RVU Alliance (www.rvualliance.org).

The introduction of this next generation RVU server and client architecture
supersedes the successful deployment of Pace manufactured HR34 Genie server
and C31 mini Genie throughout the United States in 2012. This also follows
numerous other Pace High Definition set-top box developments for DIRECTV all
based on the highly successful Common Driver Interface (CDI) standard. Pace’s
experience in using CDI has decreased the development time for complex HD,
HD-DVR and client/server set-top box solutions to less than a year.

“The innovation and success of the HR34 and C31 Home Media Center products
across our network in 2012, affords great anticipation as we introduce our
next generation Genie solution,” said Romulo Pontual, executive vice president
and CTO for DIRECTV. “This represents a significant advancement in home media
content distribution. With Pace, we continue to partner on innovative products
and solutions for our subscribers.”

The DIRECTV “Genie” system is based on the RVU protocol, which is in turn
based on DLNA and part of the DLNA Premium Video guidelines. This allows the
streaming of HD video content via a highly secure connection to the C41
clients, or other compatible CE devices. It also provides a consistent UI
across all connected platforms.

RVU offers a proven, deployed standard allowing broadcasters to keep their
brand experience intact on every TV in the home. It delivers a pixel perfect
user guide and high quality video to every client in the home, significantly
reducing the amount of software testing required as new features are
delivered.

“The RVU platform is designed to simplify everything from the development,
integration, and deployment of the system,” said Tim O’Loughlin, president,
Pace Americas. “This translates into a seamless home installation with a great
user experience.”

As the processing power in Home Media Servers increases year after year, the
ability to consolidate the user guide, applications and video storage
centrally, and securely, provides broadcasters a more efficient way to offer
added value services. Such services include Pandora, Facebook and YouTube,
alongside linear TV. The simplification of the eco-system benefits everybody
with shorter development times, more exciting functionality, and higher
customer satisfaction.

DIRECTV launched their “Genie” Whole Home system to subscribers across the
United States in 2012.

About Pace

Pace (LSE: PIC) creates technologies, software, hardware and services for the
broadcast and broadband industries. Pace solutions empower cable, telco and
satellite operators to simply and cost-effectively innovate at the speed they
want, in the way they want for their subscribers. Pace has built up its
experience and expertise over 30 years and this is recognized by a customer
base of over 160 operators around the globe.

Headquartered in the UK, Pace operates in markets across the world, and
employs around 2300 people in locations that also include the USA, France,
India and China. For further information, visit: www.pace.com.

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, 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. For
more information on the RVU Alliance please visit www.rvualliance.org.

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). Founding Promoter
members are Broadcom, Cisco, DIRECTV, Samsung and Verizon. Other Promoter
members are BSkyB, Entropic, Humax, JetHead Development Inc, Pace PLC,
Qualcomm-Atheros, Sigma Designs, Sky Brasil, ST Microelectronics, Technicolor
and Trident Microsystems. The RVU Alliance complements and benefits existing
industry interoperability initiatives and underscores its founders’ commitment
to the sharing of digital content in the connected home. For more information
about the RVU Alliance, please visit www.rvualliance.org.

Contact:

Pace Americas, Inc.
Ashley Mark Glover, 561-995-2614
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
ashley.glover@pace.com
 
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