Rovi Licenses Connected Platform to Android Devices
Rovi is to license its connected platform to Consumer Electronic (CE) manufacturers to integrate it into their devices. According to the ITVT website the pre-ported solution is expected to be available to CE manufacturers later this quarter. Android devices with the pre-ported app will enable users to share and stream their content from these devices to other connected devices in the home such as connected TV's, network-attached storage (NAS) devices, Windows 7 PC's, set-top boxes and DVR's, throughout the home.
According to Rovi, the connected platform will be pre-ported to Android 2.1 with a core that offers advanced home-networking capabilities that will allow consumer electronics manufacturers to quickly and easily deploy interoperable device functionality to their Android-based mobile device, smart phones and tablet offerings.
"Consumers want easy-to-use media experiences and at the same time are growing the number of devices they use to enjoy entertainment. Sharing among devices is complicated and must be simplified to meet market demand,” said Corey Ferengul, Rovi's EVP of product management and marketing. “Pre-porting Connected Platform on the Android platform is a significant step in bridging this gap in the Android ecosystem, enabling device manufacturers to easily integrate robust, standards-based connected-device capabilities into their mobile offerings."
In addition to the Rovi Connected Platform’s ability to stream content; the software will allow users to access and manage the connected devices around their home directly from their Android device, and to download personal, premium and recorded content from their PC or NAS devices directly to their Android device.