New Pace Multiroom DVR Solution Lets Users Record Six HD Programs Concurrently

--Solution Is Integrated with Rovi's EPG and Connected Platform Software

UK set-top box vendor, Pace, on Monday announced a new multiroom DVR solution called Home Content Sharing (HCS). According to the company, the solution, which it says uses centralized storage to connect multiple HD set-top boxes within the home, is integrated with Rovi's (formerly Macrovision's) EPG and Connected Platform software to enhance its functionality.

Pace says that the new multiroom DVR solution, which it bills as delivering full, dual-tuner HD DVR functionality to each connected TV in the home, is built around a single Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that provides centralized storage and enables multiple non-DVR set-tops in a home to access and share recorded content. According to the company, Rovi's EPG provides an advanced, easy-to-navigate graphical user interface for the HCS solution, which will be familiar to cable operators and their customers and will support such features as watch-and-record, pausing live TV, and managing recordings from connected televisions.

Pace claims that its software and NAS architecture make it possible for the HCS solution to distribute nine simultaneous HD streams throughout the home: end-users will be able to concurrently record six HD programs while maintaining full trick-mode capability, the company says, adding that this is an industry first. The solution is also billed as offering such advanced DVR features as a folder system, a bulk delete tool and the ability to bookmark playback to resume in another room.

The solution uses Rovi's Connected Platform software to provide what is billed as a standards-based, secure content-sharing platform. When used in conjunction with Pace's multiroom DVR software, the company says, the Connected Platform enables cable operators to evolve their whole-home services to include more personalized content--including music, video, photos and Internet content, delivered using DLNA-, UPnP- and DTCP-IP-compliant devices via the home data network. "Pace's product development teams have achieved an important industry first in creating a multiroom DVR platform with a groundbreaking number of simultaneous recordings and HD streams that will delight cable subscribers," Pace America's VP of sales and marketing, Tim O'Loughlin, said in a prepared statement. "We have chosen to launch our HCS system alongside Rovi's IPG due to its extraordinary prevalence in the cable market and its flexibility as an integration platform." Added Simon Adams, Rovi's SVP of CE sales: "We are excited to collaborate with Pace on the launch of an innovative multiroom DVR solution that brings consumers seamless access to digital content while also giving operators more choice on how to implement content-sharing capabilities in their infrastructure."

Pace says that the new HCS solution, including both the set-top box and the NAS, are available for immediate deployment.