Brings TV Viewing with Time-shifting and Scheduled Recordings to Home and Mobile PC Users
FREMONT, Calif. – InterVideo Inc. (NASDAQ:IVII) announced today that WinDVR™ 6, the latest version of its Digital Video Recorder (DVR) software, is being bundled with Guillemot Corporation’s Hercules brand Smart TV DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial) TV Tuner. The DVB-T TV Tuner is an ultra-compact USB 2 device that enables desktop and mobile PC users to watch free digital terrestrial TV on their computer screen. By including InterVideo WinDVR software with the Hercules DVB-T, users can enjoy time-shifting features such as pausing and replaying live TV. They can also record TV programs on their PC’s hard drive or to disc for viewing at their convenience and can.
Measuring only 1 x 2.5 x 9.5 cm, the Hercules Smart TV DVB-T is an external device that is ideal for small spaces, people on-the-go and consumers who don’t want to have to open their PC to install a TV tuner card. Although it is smaller than a computer mouse, it provides the same resolution as a DVD and digital satellite TV. With USB 2 connectivity, the device is immediately recognized by the PC without having to reboot. Smart TV DVB-T also comes with an ergonomically-designed infrared remote control for easy navigation.
“We selected WinDVR because InterVideo is known worldwide for providing robust, high-performance multimedia solutions that are easy to use,” said Francois Garet, Project Development Manager, of Hercules. “It also offers the broad format support and multi-language support we need for the growing market of DVB-T users.”
DVB-T is employed as the digital over-the-air television transmission standard in Europe and in non-EU countries such as Australia, India, New Zealand, Singapore. The company managing the DVB-T platform in France recently reported that three months after the launch of digital terrestrial television services in France, about 685,000 receivers were sold and sales increased to 900,000 units by the beginning of November.
“Guillemot’s Hercules brand has maintained its leadership in the computer entertainment market by delivering high-quality, high-performance products with added value,” said Steve Ro, CEO and President of InterVideo. “By adding WinDVR to their Smart DVB-T, Guillemot/Hercules provides their customers with everything they need to maximize the benefits of DVB on a PC. We’re delighted to partner with them in helping to fulfill the promise of DVB-T.”
About InterVideo WinDVR
WinDVR is an all-in-one software Digital Video Recorder that provides users with time-shifting capabilities such as pausing live TV, replaying and skipping unwanted segments–all while watching and recording. Consumers can even Channel surf and watch TV while they work. An Initialization Wizard is included that walks the user through the steps of initializing TV on their PC and recording. It also features an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) that lets users quickly find and schedule their favorite shows for recording with a single click. The integrated Task Manager handles the scheduling of programs users want to record and manages lists of files to be burned onto a CD or DVD disc.
To optimize the user’s viewing experience, WinDVR utilizes advanced de-interlacing technology for maximum compression efficiency and to remove the video artifacts that may appear when watching movies and TV shows on a computer screen. Other features include a Screen Capture utility, Parental Control and Teletext, a television information service in Europe that offers fun, facts and information 24 hours a day.
The Hercules Smart TV DVB-T receiver can be used in Windows XP environments and includes a WinDVR 6 installation CD, an infra-red remote control, a USB cable and an antenna converter cable to plug a standard TV antenna. For more information, visit http://www.hercules.com.
InterVideo markets WinDVR to consumers. It is also available for licensing to OEMs and system integrators. A universal DVR, WinDVR 6 features unified audio controls for the different audio specifications in the US, Japan and Europe. Available in multiple languages, WinDVR supports the MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD NTSC, VCD PAL, SVCD NTSC, SVCD PAL, DVD NTSC and DVD PAL formats.
About Guillemot Corporation
Guillemot Corporation, listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (Sicovam code 6672), is a designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment hardware and accessories. The Group offers a diversified range of products under its Hercules and Thrustmaster brand names. Active in this market since 1984, the Guillemot Corporation Group is currently present in 12 countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the East, and distributes its products across 45 countries worldwide. The Group’s mission is to provide innovative, high-quality products which increase the performance and pleasure experienced by gamers and music lovers alike. For further information, please visit our web site at http://www.guillemot.com.
About InterVideo, Inc.
InterVideo is a leading provider of DVD software. InterVideo has developed a technology platform from which it has created a broad suite of integrated multimedia software products that allow users to capture, edit, author, burn, distribute, and play digital video. InterVideo’s software is bundled with products sold by the majority of the leading PC OEMs. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with regional offices in Europe, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, contact InterVideo at 510/651-0888 or visit the company’s Web site at http://www.intervideo.com.