VIDEO CODEC FIRM Rovi has announced today that its Divx Plus Streaming video technology will be integrated into Panisonic's Uniphier series of television and Blu-ray disc integrated circuit (IC) devices.
Designed to "enable advanced entertainment experiences across the connected device ecosystem, DivX Plus Streaming was selected by Panasonic's System on Chip (SOC) for its high-quality video content and advanced multimedia features," Rovi said in a statement today.
Uniphier, which stands for "universal platform for high-quality enhancing revolution", enables more efficient sharing of software and hardware across products such as HDTVs, Blu-ray disc players, smartphones, game consoles, PCs, Macs and cable TV set-top boxes.
Uniphier also aims to combine high-quality audio and video with low power consumption, real-time processing, and secure technology. The addition of Divx Plus Streaming to Panisonic's devices means that users will see extra features in video streaming, such as support for HD 1080p, subtitles and multiple language tracks.
Trick-play features such as smooth fast forward and rewind, quick-start playback, and the ability to resume playback across devices will also be enabled as part of the deal.
Rovi said it hopes the agreement with Panasonic will help to fuel the "expansion of the ecosystem of digital entertainment products" that support its technology.
Divx Plus Streaming is yet to feature in video services in the UK, but talking to The INQUIRER in London this week Rovi said Dixons Retail Group's Knowhow aftersales service will use its technology later this year. µ