SOURCE: Roundbox

October 08, 2007 08:00 ET

Roundbox Validates Interoperability of ESG Client at the First OMA BCAST TestFest

Roundbox Reinforces Commitment to Deliver OMA BCAST-Enabled Products for Commercial Deployment of Mobile Broadcast Services

FLORHAM PARK, NJ--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - Roundbox, Inc., the leader in mobile broadcast software, today announced that the company has completed interoperability testing of the Roundbox Electronic Service Guide client at the Open Mobile Alliance™ (OMA) TestFest held in Düsseldorf, Germany from September 24-28. This first-ever interoperability event for the OMA Mobile Broadcast Services (BCAST) Enabler centered around testing client and server software and hardware products from global vendors who are focused on delivering OMA-compliant mobile broadcast products. The Roundbox ESG client, a key component of the TV Guide Mobile Electronic Service Guide (ESG) Solution powered by Roundbox, provides operators and device manufacturers an efficient, small-footprint, multiple-platform service layer for deploying broadcast-based applications.

Additionally this award-winning ESG client software easily ports across leading device operating systems to provide a complete, standards-compliant broadcast network stack. Key mobile device components, such as the media player, are integrated to provide a seamless user experience as well as a complete solution for phone manufacturers.

"Interoperability collaboration with member companies is essential," said Doug Dominiak, product manager of the Electronic Service Guide at Roundbox and editor of the OMA BCAST File and Stream Distribution technical specification. "It is through these events that our products become more robust, the market moves toward commercialization and ultimately end users benefit with rich data services."

"Roundbox commitment to OMA's TestFest program is appreciated by OMA and all the other members working to ensure the highest quality specifications," said Fred Harrison, chair of the Board Interoperability Committee of OMA. "The more companies committed to ensuring the interoperability of OMA specifications and implementations, the better the mobile broadcast market will be -- both for those who bring broadcast services to market and the users who purchase the end solutions."

The Roundbox-powered TV Guide Mobile ESG is a comprehensive solution for video guidance unifying content delivered over today's unicast networks and advanced mobile broadcast networks while maximizing opportunities for competitive differentiation. This consumer interface will be familiar to millions of cable TV subscribers around the world and enables consumers to intuitively navigate the full range of mobile video services. Additionally, the ESG is designed to seamlessly support multiple bearer networks including Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H), 3GPP2 Broadcast and Multicast Services (BCMCS), 3GPP Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS), FLO technology and unicast streaming.

Roundbox is an active OMA member. In addition to collaborating on the BCAST specification, Roundbox chairs a sub-working group within OMA DCD-BCAST adaptation. This group is developing a specification for dynamic content delivery over OMA BCAST.


About OMA

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across countries, operators, fixed and mobile terminals. Driven by users' needs and the expanding market for data services, the member companies of the Open Mobile Alliance stimulate the adoption of new and enhanced information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes contributors from all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications. See www.openmobilealliance.org for more information.

About Roundbox

Roundbox Inc. is a leading provider of mobile broadcast software. The company provides client and server software spanning multiple network technologies. Roundbox's products help mobile operators and device manufacturers take maximum advantage of broadcast and multicast to enhance both existing revenue-generating services as well as deploy new, differentiated solutions. For more information, visit www.roundbox.com.

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