History of RVU

In 2017, the RVU Alliance (www.rvualliance.org) formally dissolved itself, as it had largely fulfilled its mission.  With more than 100M certified devices fielded, the Alliance saw a need to curate the stable standard and documentation and to provide ongoing certification support.  The Steering Committee selected the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) as the host for the necssary functions to support manufacturers still designing with RVU technology. 
Under CTA, the effort is the RVU Project.  WHat follows here is the history of RVU from incorporations as the Alliance through its current status as a CTA Project today. 


RVU Alliance incorporated by founder members Broadcom, DIRECTV, CISCO, Samsung and Verizon


August – RVU guidelines project in DLNA initiated


January – First RVU prototype clients from Samsung demonstrated at CES
May – RVU 1.0 specification ratified
June – RVU certification program is initiated
September – Samsung launch first RVU compliant televisions


January – RVU adopted into DLNA guidelines
April – Samsungs 2012 Smart TV range launch, all supporting RVU
July –  the RVU Alliance RVU Wireless specification ratified
October - DIRECTV launch first RVU servers/clients in consumer homes, HR34 Genie and their first RVU client, the Pace C31
December – the RVU 2.0 specification is ratified, defining the use of vector graphics
Over 7 million RVU capable clients deployed by year end


February – Sony introduce their first RVU compliant televisions, the KDL-R520 and KDL-R550A series
February – Sony complete porting of RVU to the Playstation 3
March – the RVU specification is updated to reflect 4K Ultra High Definition support
April – Samsung 2013 Smart TV range launch, all supporting RVU
October – DIRECTV launch the second generation RVU server, the HR44 Genie
November – The DIRECTV C41 RVU client range is launched, manufactured by Pace, Humax and Techicolor
Over 20 million RVU capable clients deployed by year end


January – the RVU specification is updated to include RVU Cloud , specifying the delivery of Remote User Interface via cloud based servers
January – first demonstrations of 4K Ultra High Definition at CES 2014 by DIRECTV and Samsung
January – JetHead Development demonstrate RVU Cloud based solutions at CES 2014 (video)
April – The first client compliant with the RVU wireless specification is launched, the DIRECTV C41W, manufactured by Technicolor and Humax
April – RVU Alliance introduces the certification program for 4K Ultra High Definition devices
April  – Samsungs 2014 Smart TV range launch, all supporting RVU. Ultra High Definition (4K) models include support for the RVU 4K requirements.
July – the RVU 2.0 specification becomes the mandatory minimum specification level for new products
August – all DIRECTV C31, C41 and C41W are field updated to the latest RVU 2.0 specification
August – Toshiba introduce their first RVU compliant television, the 7400U series
September – Sky Mexico introduce RVU client/server solutions (video)
November - DIRECTV becomes first to  delivers 4K Ultra HD VOD (using RVU)
Over 45 million RVU capable clients deployed by year end (estimate)



January – LG demo DIRECTV - 4K-Ready using RVU at CES'15 (video)
March - RVU spec added new 4K robustness requirements
May - RVU technology demonstration by DIRECTV to FCC staff and visitors at FCC’s Tech Experience Center in Washington DC (on FCC’s YouTube channel)
August - DIRECTV launches 4K/UHD Genie-mini STB which uses the RVU protocol
September - LG adds DIRECTV-Ready feature based on RVU to select 2014 and 2015, 2K and 4K WebOS TV’s


February - RVU Alliance formally dissolved.  Over 100M certified devices have been fielded during the life of the Alliance.  CTA selected as thte host of the new RVU Project.