DirecTV signs Humax to build Genie boxes

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) said it signed South Korean set-top manufacturer Humax to build a next generation version of its Genie multiroom DVR.

Pace (LSE: PIC.L) has been supplying DirecTV with a home video gateway and thin client set-tops for Genie, which debuted in October. Humax said it won approval to manufacturer a Genie server and client box, and that its Genie gear is undergoing final certification.

Humax said its Genie set-tops will support the RVU protocol, as do Pace's Genie boxes. The RVU protocol allows consumers who buy connected TVs from Samsung and other manufacturers that support RVU to access programming without using a traditional set-top.

Samsung and DirecTV first announced at last year's Consumer Electronics Show that Samsung would build connected TVs that could let DirecTV subscribers view programming without a set-top. The companies announced at CES on Monday that Samsung is building a Genie server for DirecTV that will debut later this year.

"We applaud Samsung for their efforts in developing their RVU TV and set-top box solutions," DirecTV CTO Romulo Pontual said in a prepared statement. "Our mutual customers will be delighted to get the full DirecTV experience on their Samsung TVs without the need for a separate set-top box in that room," he added.

Samsung is also working with Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) on an app that will allow its Xfinity TV subscribers to access cable programing without a set-top.

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