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Licensing Terms Set for DVB-S2

The holders of key DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting)-S2 intellectual-property rights announced the fundamental terms of a comprehensive licensing offering under their combined patent rights for DVB-S2 standardized technology.

The DirecTV Group, Radiotelevisione Italiana and the European Space Agency said they will jointly offer a license under their combined portfolios of intellectual-property rights necessary for the implementation of DVB-S2.

For consumer applications, such as direct-broadcast satellite set-tops, a license under the combined portfolios will not exceed $0.50 per product in quantities exceeding 500,000 over the term of the license and will not exceed $1 per product in lower quantities. Licenses for consumer applications will be granted for five-year terms, and renewals will be granted on fair and reasonable terms based on then-current market conditions.