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Panasonic, Comcast to bring HDMI-CEC to STBs

Posted: 09 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STB HDMI-CEC? HDTV Viera? home component entertainment?

Panasonic and Comcast Corp. are collaborating to bring HDMI-CEC technology to the latest generation of digital cable STBs.

HDMI-CEC is the technology underlying Panasonic's Viera Link technology, which enables single remote operation of Panasonic Viera HDTVs and connected home entertainment components, such as Blu-ray Disc players and home theaters. Panasonic and Comcast are working to integrate HDMI-CEC technology with tru2way enabled STBs that will enable non-tru2way HDTVs and other consumer electronics devices to interact with the STBs via the use of a single TV remote control and a single user interface.

Integrating the HDMI-CEC protocol with Comcast's on-screen program guide will allow STBs to automatically configure connected home theater devices for optimal viewing and audio experiences and will enable intelligent interactive features, including auto input select and auto power on/off of all components. HDMI-CEC is already standard in all 2009 Panasonic Viera HDTVs and select Comcast STBs. The companies are currently working with CableLabs on the standardization to adopt HDMI-CEC for next generation digital STBs.

"Panasonic and Comcast are both committed to enhancing the user experience by enabling consumers to control all of the functions of their home entertainment systems with a single remote and user interface," said Paul Liao, chief technology officer of Panasonic Corp. of North America.

"When the consumer electronics and cable industry work together, the consumer is the real winner," said Mark Hess, senior VP of video product development at Comcast Cable. "We're pleased to continue our collaborative work with Panasonic."

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