- Consumer electronics company develops complete home media gateway platform -
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - November 17, 2003 - DigitalDeck, Inc. today introduced the first end -to -end entertainment platform that aggregates all the content coming into the home and intelligently distributes it over wired and/or wireless IP -based home networks. The first products enabled by the platform will be introduced this January at the 2004 International CES (Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada; January 8 -11, 2004; DigitalDeck booth: LVCC 1&2 / #18498).
DigitalDeck's initial consumer package includes three elements:
DigitalDeck has also introduced a complete back -office software platform that provides: programming channel lineups for the DigitalDeck Electronic Program Guide (EPG), IR codes for control of consumers' devices, automated software and firmware updates, billing interfaces, and security for protection of content. This platform is offered both as a service and as a software suite for service providers.
With cable and satellite TV in nearly 100 million homes and with almost 24 million broadband households in North America, consumers are getting their video and music content from an increasingly diverse distribution universe. Networked home entertainment represents the true convergence of consumer electronics, computer equipment, broadband, and broadcast entertainment industries.
"DigitalDeck has built affordable and easy -to -use products that help consumers enjoy all of their entertainment content regardless of the source, regardless of which room they're in, and regardless of the time," said Erik Scheelke co -founder and president/chief technology officer. "Consumers don't care where their entertainment content comes from - or what time it's on. We shouldn't have to go from one room to another to watch a DVD or cable TV, or move to the PC to view digital photos. We should be able to watch what we want, where we want, when we want."
DigitalDeck's patent - pending EPG puts all forms of content at the user's fingertips in a convenient guide. The EPG brings all of the content sources in the home - satellite and cable TV, DVD, broadband Internet, security cameras and digital music services - into a single user interface. Consumers can switch from one content source to another simply by tuning from one channel to another on the guide. And with DigitalDeck's "whole home" IP -based DVR, the consumer can enjoy full DVR functionality from any of these content sources on every TV in the home.
"We see great promise in technology that allows consumers to aggregate audio and video content and gives them control over when and where they use it," said Van Baker, vice president, consumer electronics, Gartner G2. "Today's consumer is likely to have a number of entertainment sources. With home networks increasingly common, it's only a matter of time before software and services leverage those networks to bring a wide variety of entertainment sources together. In the end, the real winners will be those companies that can get the right mix of technology partnerships, distribution channels and product features that add value to existing viewing patterns."
Founded in 1999, DigitalDeck is managed by veterans of consumer electronics, media, cable, and computer companies, including Apple Computer, Simon & Schuster, Syndeo, and iVAST. The company has a rich portfolio of patent -pending intellectual property and has raised $9 million in funding, led by Lexington Ventures located in Beverly Hills, California.
About DigitalDeck, Inc.
DigitalDeck Inc. was formed in 1999 to develop and market the first end -to -end platform for aggregating and managing entertainment content in the home. The DigitalDeck platform includes the Company's Advanced Media Manager software suite, including the patent -pending EPG. DigitalDeck is privately held. The Company is headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit http://www.digitaldeck.com or call 650 -413 -6060.