Aptiv Digital, Inc.

February 06, 2006 08:00 ET

Aptiv Digital, Inc. to Launch New Versions of Passport DCT AND Passport Echo with Cox Communications

BURBANK, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Feb 6, 2006) -

The Latest Versions of Passport DCT™ and Passport Echo™ Will Deliver Interactive Mosaic Video and Impulse Subscription, and Other Integrated Applications and Enhancements

Aptiv Digital, Inc. today announced the deployment of new and more powerful versions of Passport DCT™ and Passport Echo™ to select Cox Communications markets. The new Passport DCT and Passport Echo software versions will be rolled out to select Cox markets later this year. The software upgrades will provide Cox Communications with two new major applications, Interactive Video Mosaic and iSubscribe™, which are now available with both Passport DCT 2.7 and Passport Echo 2.7.

The Interactive Video Mosaic application enables the presentation of multiple thumbnail video insets on one screen. Viewers will hear the audio for a channel simply by highlighting a video inset with their remote. They can also get more information about the channel and program, or in the case of Passport Echo, record the highlighted show.

iSubscribe is a new impulse subscription application that enables the presentation of a library of service offerings such as VOD or premium channel packages. Customers will be able to use their remotes to view the subscription services, descriptions and pricing, and then purchase the services with the remote control.

"Cox Communications was one of our first customers to launch the Passport DCT application when it was developed over five years ago, and they have been a valued customer ever since," remarked Neil Jones, President and CEO of Aptiv Digital. "Cox has always been a technology leader in the industry, and they have worked very closely with us to define the landscape of interactive cable. We are very pleased to continue to serve Cox Communications by providing them with new technologies designed to enhance their video service offerings."

"Aptiv Digital has been a key technology provider for Cox Communications in our efforts to offer advanced services and improve the overall user experience," stated Steve Necessary, Vice President of Video Product Development for Cox Communications. "We are excited about the new revenue-generating applications supported by the most recent versions of Passport DCT and Passport Echo, as well as the ancillary applications and upgrades that provide consumers with new ways to enjoy their video services."

In addition to Interactive Video Mosaic and iSubscribe, Passport Echo's enhancements continue with a variety of new integrated applications: Remote Wizard provides a unique step-by-step interactive tool enabling customers to program modal remote controls to control multiple devices all by themselves; Passport Weather offers local and multi-city weather with on-going 5-day forecasts from Accuweather™; and PassTime™ Games includes a package of three solitaire style card games in high resolution, including traditional Klondike Solitaire, Twenty One or Bust, and 5 Card Stud Poker.

Passport Echo also provides customers with powerful new enhancements such as sorting features in the IPG and improved management of saved programs on the DVR. For example, with Passport Echo, customers can watch all of the recorded episodes of a series in one sitting by grouping a show's episodes together in one folder and then selecting the new Auto Play feature. All of the episodes will then be played back-to-back.

One unique enhancement to both Passport DCT 2.7 and Passport Echo 2.7 will expand the range of Parental Control to include restriction by content advisory. This will allow parents to set limitations on content advisories such as Adult Situation and Fantasy Violence, for example, in addition to the standard Parental Control features allowing for restrictions on time, ratings, channel and title blocking for adult programs.

About Aptiv Digital (www.aptivdigital.com)

Aptiv Digital, Inc. (formerly Pioneer Digital Technologies, Inc.) is a leading provider of interactive applications for digital cable TV. Aptiv has deployed millions of copies of its Passport™, Passport DCT™ and Passport Echo™ navigation and application products on a variety of digital cable set-top platforms, from basic standard definition digital set-tops to advanced high-definition digital video recorder set-tops. Today it is the only company with interactive program guides (IPGs) on both of the major headend platforms, compatible with virtually every deployed digital cable set-top in the industry. Aptiv Digital is a privately held company headquartered in Burbank, Calif. For more information, visit www.aptivdigital.com.

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