unveiled its iPTV HD TV Box delivering high definition programming in 720p and 1080i to the television. NeuLion's existing iPTV HD PC browser service provides HD quality programming of live channels, sports, entertainment events and video on demand in up to a 1080i format to its Network Partners across the globe.
The launch of the HD TV Box provides adaptive streaming in high definition without buffering. NeuLion now offers HD streaming services of live TV channels, live events and video on demand over the Internet directly to the television. NeuLion lets the consumer choose viewing of content on either the TV, PC or both -- all in high definition and allows the consumer to pick the device, place, time and programming.
In the professional sports market, the National Football League partnered with NeuLion to deliver two unique online services in high definition to the consumer's PC. This season, the NFL launched "NFL Game Pass HD," an international, subscription-based service providing live and on-demand streaming of NFL games and NFL Network programming in high definition. Building on this success, "NFL Game Rewind," a subscription service available to the U.S. market, was launched delivering archived full length NFL games online giving fans the ability to "relive NFL Sunday" on the computer.
The debut of the NeuLion iPTV HD TV Box includes such features as:
- High definition (supporting the major industry standard CODEC and streaming protocol) with standard definition formats in the same box. View the best in both HD and SD programming.
- Network DVR. Store unlimited hours of HD and SD programming.
- Live channel delivery in real time for linear channels and events. On-demand customizable programming menus for personalized entertainment libraries.
- Pause and rewind live HD TV. Gives viewer control to rewind, slow down or use instant replay.
- 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i picture output and multiple screen formats supported.
- Multiple connection ports: HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite, Optical Audio outputs.
- Interactive service to increase network revenue using home shopping, donation prompting, auction, and other e-commerce features.
- Take advantage of NeuLion iPTV interactive features like channel selection over lays, on screen picture in picture, weather information, lottery results and more.
- Customized channel guide.
- 7-day Stored Program Guide. Search the channel guide for shows up to 7 days in the past.
- Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound capable. Listen to superb theater-quality sound with additional hardware.
- Parental controls/locks: ability to lock out objectionable programming for children.
As an end-to-end service, NeuLion provides everything from content acquisition to customer care including: console personalization, complete billing services for pay-per-view, registration, and subscriptions as well as support for advertising and sponsorship placement. The service supports Adobe Player 10, Silverlight 2 and Move Networks Streaming Player for adaptive streaming in order to maximize end users' bandwidth to eliminate buffering.
NeuLion currently offers its iPTV HD PC browser service to its Network Partners. The NeuLion iPTV HD TV Box will begin shipping in March 2009.