New at IBC 2015: UEI is redefining control with its UEI Smart Control BLE

August 27, 2015

ENSCHEDE, THE NETHERLANDS  —  Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI)
(NASDAQ: UEIC), the worldwide leader in universal remote control technologies
and control interfaces, has announced it will launch its breakthrough UEI Smart
Control BLE product line at IBC 2015 held at the RAI in Amsterdam, 11-15

The UEI Smart
Control BLE is the embodiment of UEI’s most innovative control technologies and
will contain advanced features such as UEI’s QuickSet®, as well as high precision voice and motion-enabled
control capabilities. With these technologies, UEI is truly redefining the user
experience of discovering and controlling the vast amount of interactive TV
services being offered by today’s Multi-Service-Operators. These technologies
will be explained at three interactive demonstration areas at IBC 2015.

Demo Area 1:
Redefining the user experience

The first demo will focus
on how UEI is redefining the end-user experience when designing its control
solutions. This will be explained by showcasing three distinct product concepts
that are the result of delicately combining deep user insights, with the latest
control technologies and design trends in form factor and materialisation. To
support these product concepts, UEI will explain the results of its 2015 market
research called ‘TV Zapping 2.0’ – an in-depth study on changing TV-viewing and
content control habits in Europe performed by TRENDBOX, an Amsterdam based
independent research agency. 

Demo Area 2:
Redefining entertainment control

The second demo area
will showcase the full capabilities of the new UEI Smart Control BLE product
line and how it is redefining the complete entertainment control experience for
the end user.

The latest QuickSet® release expands on the
capabilities of the original product, which has been successfully deployed in
over 150 million devices around the world, including set-top boxes, connected
TVs, media devices, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets. Using Bluetooth
Smart technology, QuickSet 3.0 leverages the two-way RF link between the remote
and set-top to automatically configure control protocols for auto-discovered
devices, to control virtually any television or entertainment device in the
home, with minimal user input.

Secondly, the UEI Smart
Control BLE demo shows how its advanced input technologies – such as voice and
motion-enabled control – help users to quickly find, access and control the
ever growing amount of interactive TV services. After deploying several generations
of voice-enabled remotes and shipping millions of units per month, UEI leverages
its extensive experience in acoustic design to develop remotes with optimal audio
processing and minimal distortion. The motion-enabled control engine allows the
UEI Smart Control BLE to smoothly navigate through the TV user interface or
browser and perform well with casual games such as Angry Birds.

Demo Area 3:
Redefining customer support

The third
demo area will allow visitors to see UEI’s customer support services in action,
which can help create a better product experience for users. Demonstrations
will focus on interactive simple set up apps and remote control experience
tools that run on the connected set-top box or smart devices using UEI’s online
web services for device control code lookup.

Using these clever
customer care tools, Multi-Service-Operators will see how these smart,
self-service tools help to improve the user experience of the remote, while saving
costs in the traditional customer care channels.  

Menno Koopmans,
Senior VP Subscription Broadcasting, Universal Electronics said: “We see a
clear shift in the industry to so-called ‘advanced remote controls’ – which are
connected remotes like Bluetooth LE or ZigBee RF4CE using some kind of interactive
input technology such as voice, motion or touch. UEI has worked tirelessly to
both revolutionise and redefine pay TV remote products and services, and we’re
excited to be demonstrating several leading technologies at IBC.”

Koopmans continues: “In
fact, we have reached the tipping point. After some years of pioneering and
continuous improvement, we believe technologies have matured and we are
convinced that advanced remotes will go mass market in the coming year. Driven
by improved applications, new TV GUI’s, cloud based services, and reduced
costs, these next generation remote controls are really starting to get
adoption.  They are here to stay. UEI has
led this transition and delivers a great number of the world’s demand for such advanced
remotes, and we are in an excellent position to help our customers making the
step to a more enhanced user experience.

“Looking at what we will
demo this year at IBC, especially our UEI Smart Control BLE product line-up
makes me very proud as it brings all of UEI’s great technologies together into
one solution. The line is available as a platform design, offering an immediate
solution for all our customers that want to step up in delivering a redefined user
experience.  Here at IBC, we show and

Visit Universal
Electronics at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam from 11-15 September on stand 1.C41.


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. More information
is available at

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development, delivery and market acceptance of products and technologies such
as the UEI Smart Control BLE identified in this release; the continued rollout,
penetration and growth of QuickSet and other next generation consumer
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