Editor ©RapidTVNews | 19-09-2011

Broadcast technology ad services provider Pace has made another foray into the connected home with the launch of a multi-room DVR service that it believes will be a game-changer.

The new HR34 server hub will form the focus of the DirecTV Home Media Center which is slated for launch in October 2011 and which is attributed with enabling the satellite TV industry’s first fully interconnected DVR experience.

Offering what are described as unique multiple connectivity capabilities, the HR34 delivers full DVR capabilities, including HD-DVR functionality, for each 'client' device, such as set-top boxes (STBs) and connected TVs. It offers one-terabyte of storage in a single central hub, said to eliminate the need for hard drives within individual devices.

All connected devices within the home-network based on the HR34 have access to stored recordings in the DirecTV Home Media Center, and are able to pause live video, bookmark programs and resume playback in other rooms. The HR34 also allows users to set recordings from any connected device. It enables consumers to move content and interact with entertainment in line with how they move around their homes.

The HR34 server uses the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard to share content around the home over coaxial cable or Ethernet networks and has an e-SATA port. It incorporates multiple tuners to deliver up to five simultaneous high definition streams around the home with flexibility over the combination of viewing and concurrent recording and playback options on four televisions.

The hub is also is fully compliant with RVU, a client/server-based specification which 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. The RVU architecture allows client implementation on multiple devices, such as TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets and Blu-ray players.

"There is a strong and growing demand for interconnected capabilities in the home," explained Mike Pulli, president of Pace Americas. Added Romulo Pontual, executive vice president and CTO for DirecTV: “Innovation and reliability are critical to us in this incredibly fast-paced market."