France Télécom and TDF to Join S2 Licensing Patent Pool
New Patent Owners Bolster Portfolio of DVB-S2 Patents Offered for
S2 Licensing announced today at DVB World 2012 that two additional
patent owners have agreed to license their essential DVB-S2 patents
through its worldwide patent licensing program. France Télécom and TDF
SAS will each license their DVB-S2 essential patents through S2
Licensing, joining current patent owners DTVG Licensing, Inc., the
European Space Agency (ESA), and Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA (RAI).
"The addition of the France Télécom and TDF patents into our license
offering will not result in additional royalties to present or future
licensees," explained John T. Whelan of S2 Licensing. "We are extremely
excited to offer these essential patents through our licensing program.
This adds to the already tremendous value offered to our customers."
For the convenience of adopters, S2 Licensing offers a license under the
combined portfolios (over 100 international patents) of DTVG Licensing,
Inc., ESA, and RAI, and soon France Télécom and TDF. The license is
available to all parties practicing or planning to practice the DVB-S2
standard, and provides favorable and non-discriminatory terms to all
licensees. For consumer applications, such as satellite television
set-top box receivers, a license under the S2 Licensing patents is
available for a one-time royalty of US$0.50 for each encoder or decoder
present in a product for quantities exceeding 500,000 over the term of
the license, and US$1.00 per encoder or decoder in lower quantities.
Professional products may be licensed under multiple licensing models,
for the convenience and at the selection of the adopter.
Parties interested in further information or scheduling a meeting with
S2 Licensing are invited to contact John T. Whelan, Esq., (info@S2Licensing.com),
or visit our website at www.S2Licensing.com.
About DTVG Licensing, Inc.
DTVG Licensing, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The DIRECTV Group,
and is the owner by assignment of patents essential to practice the
DVB-S2 Standard. The DIRECTV Group is a world-leading provider of
digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and
affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina,
Venezuela, Colombia, and other countries in Latin America, the DIRECTV
Group provides digital television service to 19.9 million customers in
the United States and over 12 million customers in Latin America.
RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) is the Italian Public Broadcaster for
radio and television over the air, via satellite and cable or any other
means. It provides programme production and network operation for three
national analogue television channels broadcast in VHF/UHF bands. These
programmes are progressively replaced by terrestrial and satellite
bouquets according to the "switch-off" calendar in Italy, including a
growing number of thematic channels in clear. It provides also
production and network operation for three radio channels, broadcast in
MW and FM, and of international radio programmes in SW.
European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organisation, with 19
Member States, set up to provide for and to promote, for exclusively
peaceful purposes, cooperation among European states in space research
and technology and their space applications. ESA draws up a European
space plan and has the task of carrying it out. Its activities span the
fields of space science, Earth observation, telecommunications,
satellite navigation, human spaceflight, microgravity research,
exploration and space transportation systems. ESA has its headquarters
in Paris, France, with establishments in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy
and Spain, a launch base in Kourou, French Guiana, and offices in
Washington, Moscow and Brussels.
John T. Whelan
+1 410 535 6554
DIRECTV Group, Inc.
+1 310 964 4683
Source: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
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