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Universal Electronics’ UE878 Dual RF Chip Powers TiVo’s New RF4CE Advanced Voice Remote Control Solution


  • UEI-produced remote control features the latest advanced voice navigation technology
  • Remote features Netflix button, UE878 dual RF chip, and modeless IR control
  • New remote will be available to TiVo pay-TV footprint nationwide

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 2018-- Universal Electronics Inc., (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, today announced that it is producing TiVo’s new advanced voice remote compatible with TiVo devices in North America.

TiVo’s advanced television experiences revolutionize how people find content across a changing media landscape. This new remote is armed with UEI’s industry leading hardware and software and works seamlessly with the TiVo service that provides TiVo’s service provider customers and their subscribers with universal search across live TV, on-demand and popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu for a simpler and more enjoyable home entertainment experience.

The custom-developed RF-enhanced remote is the first voice remote for TiVo developed by Universal Electronics. Using voice commands, the remote allows users to change channels, search for shows and movies, get content recommendations and control their viewing experience.

Technical Features of the TiVo Voice Remote:

  • Embedded UE878 dual RF chip is optimized to reduce power consumption, while increasing range and reliability
  • Dedicated Netflix button for immediate one touch access to Netflix content
  • Modeless IR control operates between the TiVo device and all other connected devices including the TV, AV receiver, DVD player, etc. with two IR LEDs for enhanced range and angle
  • Iconic TiVo design essential to the famous TiVo user experience

“TiVo is a leader in delivering technology that makes the television experience better,” said Paul Arling, CEO, Universal Electronics Inc. “By leveraging UEI’s experience and industry recognition in voice – the next generation TiVo remote will undoubtedly make consumers rethink what a remote control is and what it can do.”

Universal Electronics was previously recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with a 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® for its work relating to voice navigation technologies for discovering and interacting with TV content. The award recognizes excellence in engineering and creativity that has materially affected the television viewing experience.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the timely development, delivery and market acceptance of TiVo products and technologies identified in this release; the continued penetration and growth of the products and 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 statement 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.

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Source: Universal Electronics Inc.

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