Universal Electronics, Redefining Control at IBC 2014

August 11, 2014

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI)
(NASDAQ: UEIC) the worldwide leader in universal remote control
technologies and control interfaces is coming to IBC2014, showcasing the latest
innovations in control technology and design for home entertainment.

Growing competition and expanding content
across multiple platforms continue to challenge multiple system operators as
the center of home entertainment.  The one
common feature among the many entertainment devices in a consumer’s home is the
remote control.  Multi-service
broadcasters can make their products and services the go to choice for
entertainment by offering a single universal controller that delivers complete
control of content and services to consumers at the touch of a button.

Redefining Remote Control Set Up 

Automatically set up your
remote control with UEI’s QuickSet™

The latest generation of QuickSet follows up
on the success of the UEI platforms that are currently deployed in over 100
million devices around the world including set-top boxes, connected TVs, media
devices, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets.  UEI’s QuickSetdelivers
the simplest and most intuitive universal remote control setup and control
experience available today.  This
technology enables a remote control to be set up and programmed to control
virtually any television or entertainment device in the home, with minimal, if
any, user input.

This latest
release of QuickSet now includes full compatibility with the RDK
initiative.  The Reference
Design Kit (RDK)
is a pre-integrated software bundle that
provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from
TV service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways, and converged devices.
It was created to accelerate the deployment of next-gen video products and
services. The RDK is supported by more than 160 licensees, and is administered
by the RDK Management LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Cable, Time Warner
Cable, and Liberty Global.

QuickSet, combined with the professionally maintained UEI device code database
and associated cloud services, virtually assures successful control of all
compatible devices.

UEI QuickSet includes features such as:

Automated Setup using HDMI-based connections to automatically identify the
device brand and model number of connected displays without requiring user

Automated Device
Detection, and IR control, of
IP connected devices

services 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

Compatible with
RDK and the latest
Zigbee RF4CE release

Redefining Home Entertainment Control

Control your TV, set-top box
and audio device as if they were one with UEI’s Control Plus™

Control Plus simplifies the home
entertainment setup and control experience across all AV devices. This
technology solution addresses the most common consumer challenges in universal
AV control such as mode confusion on the remote control, and switching to the
right input. With UEI Control Plus technology, consumers can simply plug in a
new device, have it discovered and set up automatically, and have activities
such as “Watch TV” automatically enabled from a single universal remote control.

Features of Control Plus Include:

  • Automated
    and detection of most IP and HDMI-connected devices
  • Dynamic
    Key Mapping
    to automatically map remote buttons to the right functions
    based on the active content source device
  • One Touch
    View (OTV)
    – an automatically generated macro button to intuitively send
    the right commands to get users to their chosen content
  • Smart
    device integration
    automatically sends system control settings for universal
    control to compatible second screen apps

Content Discovery

with voice, touch or motion solutions

Home entertainment control
continues to evolve as demands from consumers, and the proliferation of content
and services have driven advances in the user onscreen interface and
consequently the navigation, design, and two-way interactions between devices and
remote controls.  UEI is the industry
leader in matching the right technology to meet these interaction needs.  UEI has the experience necessary to
successfully design and implement solutions with over 50 million advanced
control solutions deployed worldwide with leading home entertainment brands such
as Samsung, Sony, Comcast, DIRECTV, SKY, UPC, Virgin Media, and others.

UEI’s latest demonstration
platform, UEI Evoke offers a balanced design that leverages the latest advances
in input technologies (touch navigation and voice content search) with an
ergonomic design that works simply and effortlessly.

Key highlights of the demonstration

  • High
    resolution touchpad navigation of an onscreen UI to move across content
    and pages quickly
  • User
    independent voice-driven content search that makes finding movies and
    filtering choices by genre or actor easy
  • Emerging
    low power and low latency Bluetooth Smart RF technology for bi-directional
    connection with the set-top box

UEI Universal Application Protocol Interface (UAPI)
that is optimized for supporting advance control commands (2-way, different
input technologies and additional features to improve user experience and
serviceability). The main benefit is that it’s fully future proof and allows
of the RCU without the need to change the box. This offers
flexibility and lower integration cost for any future RCU that needs to work
with the box

Redefining the Design Process

Combining consumer insights, technologies,
and trends with UEI’s Designovation

UEI has
developed and utilizes a consumer-centric and technology-enabling design
philosophy called DESIGNOVATION. This guiding principal blends design and user
experience to create products that are both aesthetically beautiful and
functional to ensure successful product adoption. The collaboration of design
follows consumer insights, personas, use cases, trends, brand values, and
usability testing to ensure a beautiful and high-performance design.

Guests are welcome to visit Universal
Electronics and experience live demonstrations at Hall 1, Stand C41 at IBC, September
12-16, 2014.

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. More information is available at www.uei.com.

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statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timely
development, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies such
as the RDK initiative identified in this release; the continued rollout, penetration
and growth of QuickSet, Control Plus, UAPI, and other next generation consumer
technologies identified in this release; and other factors described in the
Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The actual
results that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward-looking
statements due to such risks and uncertainties.  The Company undertakes no
obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to
reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.


Universal Electronics: Hemco Arentsen, Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager,
Universal Electronics 
[email protected], 0031 53 4888000

The Whiteoaks Consultancy: Leila Hrycyszyn, Influencer Relations Specialist, Whiteoaks, [email protected], +44 (0)1252 727313