Universal Electronics Releases UEI QuickSet 2.4 Bringing Next Level of Automation to Universal AV Setup and Control for Millions of Connected Devices Worldwide

January 7, 2014

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI)
(Nasdaq:UEIC)today announced the latest release of its industry-leading
universal setup and control SDK, UEI QuickSet™. 
UEI QuickSet 2.4 follows up on the success of the original UEI platform
that is currently deployed in over 70 million devices around the world
including set-top boxes, connected TVs, media devices, game consoles,
smartphones, and tablets. 

With millions
of connected devices already deployed, UEI QuickSet 2.4 delivers the simplest
and most intuitive universal remote control setup and control experience
available today.  This technology enables an AV device remote
control to be set up and programmed to control virtually any television or
entertainment device in the home, with minimal or no user input.

With millions
of new devices entering the digital living room, all vying to deliver
entertainment content to consumers worldwide, the need for a universal control
interface has become a priority for device manufacturers, content providers,
and mobile platforms.

UEI QuickSet 2.4
delivers a universal setup and control experience that is unmatched in the
industry.  It includes features such as:

automated device setup using HDMI-CEC connections to
automatically identify the device brand and model number of connected devices
without requiring user input;

automated device detection and IR control of IP connected
AV devices;

enhanced control code lookup feature combining search by
service provider and set-top box manufacturer;

optimized setup maps that deliver a consumer-friendly user
interface to determine the exact control code for the system; and

a cloud-based service to ensure access to a real-time
device code database that is continuously updated with the latest control codes
for the newest devices on the market, making the universal control interface
easy to set up and future proof.

UEI QuickSet
is currently deployed on a variety of platforms and operating systems including
Linux, Windows, Android and iOS; supports embedded applications that have built-in IR
blasters; devices that support two-way RF communication with remote IR blasters,
such as connected bridges; and remote controls with built-in RF.

UEI’s device
code database is the industry’s leading device database for universal
entertainment control, giving users access to literally hundreds of thousands
of control functions for virtually all digital entertainment electronics
devices in the world.  With well over 98
percent of installed TVs in the market supported, users across the globe will
benefit from UEI QuickSet’s ability to deliver the right control code for their
specific digital entertainment device.

Licensees of
UEI QuickSet include leading cable and satellite service provides such as DIRECTV
and Echostar Technologies, as well as leading brands in the gaming industry, such
as Nintendo on their WiiU platform, and more recently, Microsoft on their
groundbreaking Xbox One gaming system.

Video game
consoles are fast becoming key platforms for delivering home entertainment,
with features beyond gaming including video playback, over-the-top content, and
social media connections.  According to
Neilson Research, half of the latest models of gaming systems (known as 7th
Generation Consoles) are now located in the primary living/family room, making
them an essential part of the home theater experience.

With UEI QuickSet,
Microsoft’s Xbox One can deliver a seamless universal control experience using
voice commands to control functions like powering on the TV and set-top box,
controlling volume during gameplay and TV watching, as well as providing set-top
box control of DVR and channel tuning.

 “Xbox One is a truly unique console concept,
and UEI is proud to be an integral part of Microsoft’s latest platform,” says Paul Arling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for
UEI. “As the convergence of gaming and multimedia
entertainment continues, UEI remains at the forefront of providing consumers
with the underlying technology needed to ensure the best possible control
experience.  Our extensive device control
code library combined with the ease of setup of UEI QuickSet continues to be
one of our most important competitive differentiators.”

UEI QuickSet has
also achieved significant penetration in the connected TV space with leading television
manufacturer Samsung, who offers this feature in certain of their SmartTV
models, as well as many of the GoogleTV platforms launched by mainstream
consumer electronics brands such as Sony and Vizio.

UEI QuickSet has
also gained momentum in one of the fastest growing segments of the mobile
electronics space, Smartphones.  Today,
UEI QuickSet is an integral component in delivering the universal entertainment
setup and control experience in the flagship platforms of some of the leading
smartphone manufacturers in the world.  Several
of LG’s Optimus and G2 models, as well as Sony’s Xperia line of mobile devices
rely on UEI QuickSet to drive their universal AV control experience.

UEI will
demonstrate the full complement of UEI QuickSet 2.4 features at their booth 20612
located in South Hall 1, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las
Vegas starting January 7, 2014. 

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About Universal Electronics

Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in
wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and
delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment
devices, digital media, and home systems. 
The company’s broad portfolio of patented technologies and database of
infrared control software have been adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in
the consumer electronics, subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI
sells and licenses wireless control products through distributors and retailers
under the One For All® brand name. For additional information, visit our
website at www.uei.com.


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Media Contacts: 

Benny Canady, UEI Corporate Marketing and Public Relations, Santa Ana,
[email protected],
(714) 918-9500