Over the last few years, a number of changes have taken place in the broadcasting and digital home industries. Consumers are moving away from traditional, linear TV content and are expecting a greater control over watching what they want, when they want. The expansion of service providers to enable Video on Demand services has gone hand in hand with the increase in internet-connected devices and IPTV; TVs and Set Top Boxes are now expected to connect not only to a DVB signal but also to the Internet. With a plethora of different internet-based video services – from YouTube and Youku, to catch-up services from traditional terrestrial, satellite and cable operators – devices now need to support a range of sources but still present a seamless user experience for their viewers. With different video formats, different streaming protocols, and different DRM solutions, these requirements can be a challenge to Set Top Box and DVB middleware vendors who need to differentiate their products while maintaining a low cost base.
Symphony Teleca has worked with a number of different Set Top Box vendors, service providers and middleware vendors, and has experience with a range of different technologies. One of the key new players is Adobe with their focus on AIR for TV, and their Flash Access DRM solution. With around 75% of internet-based video being served up in Adobe Flash Video formats, adopting Adobe's run-time enables viewers to enjoy a large proportion of web content and also provides a platform on which an excellent User Interface can be based. Symphony Teleca are a partner of Adobe with full source code access to AIR for TV, with the ability to optimize, modify and extend the Adobe run-time to suit our customers.
As an experienced Systems Integration company with key skills in embedded software, and in particular around Linux and Android operating systems, Symphony Teleca is also well placed to offer support in the new generation of Android-based Set Top Box platforms that are starting to make an entry in the market, and already have experience with both Google TV and more traditional Android 3.x STB platforms.
STC's Solution Benefits
- Wide range of experience in new Set Top Box technologies particularly around IPTV and connected devices
- Relationships with the primary chipset vendors supplying Set Top Box platforms and reference solutions
- Key expertise and partnership with Adobe around Digital Home offerings with premium video, DRM and UX
Examples of STC's Industry Solution
- Base porting of Android platform onto STB and integration with DVB middleware
- Integration, optimization and certification of Adobe Flash/AIR for TV software onto STBs
- Architecture and solution to integrate online EPG services with both internet and linear TV inputs