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November 23, 2010

Mirics and ArcSoft Collaborate for Free HD IPTV
By Calvin Azuri
TMCnet Contributor

Viewers in Latin America will now be able to watch broadcast high definition television (HDTV) on their PCs. Mirics announced collaboration with ArcSoft (News - Alert) for the same. Miric’s FlexiTV has been combined with ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5 to provide PC users with HD content. This content is broadcast free-to-air or FTA over the region.

In a press release, Sean Bi, vice president and general manager at ArcSoft, said, “Mirics and ArcSoft have worked closely together in field-testing our products to deliver proven interoperability. This will ensure that original device manufacturers (ODMs) and local PC brands operating in Latin America can have complete confidence in the solution, which will extend HD viewership to PCs.”

Brazil, Chile and Argentina are the initial target markets for FlexiTV. FlexiTV will also support other Latin American countries which have adopted the ISDB-T digital terrestrial TV broadcast standard. ISDB-T OneSeg is the standard for mobile DTV broadcasts. In areas or situations where it is not possible to receive the ISDB-T FullSeg HD signal, ISDB-T OneSeg can be further supported by the ArcSoft/Mirics solution.

In a press release, Chris Cytera, MD at Mirics, said, “ArcSoft is leading the way with HD content in Latin America due to its excellent support on the PC platform and ISDB-T standard to provide the highest quality viewing experience for HDTV. Consequently, Mirics’ strong partnership with ArcSoft will benefit manufacturers and viewers alike.”

Mirics FlexiTV integrated with ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5 is currently available and ready for shipping.

ArcSoft is a top multimedia software provider. The company is the top software developer of multimedia technologies and applications across desktop and embedded platforms in the industry. ArcSoft offers a full line of imaging and video solutions by working closely with OEM manufacturers. The features, performance, and user experience of mobile phones, digital cameras, optical drives, personal computers, and consumer electronics devices are enhanced with these solutions.

Total system solutions for converged wireless connectivity on portable consumer electronic devices are provided by Mirics. The first commercial software-based global TV receiver, FlexiTV has been developed by Mirics. Delivery of free-to-air broadcast services and content to portable computing and communications devices has been the initial focus of the company.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard


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