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DTV media browser comes in STB edition, too

Posted: 10 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:browser media? DTV? STB Onyx?

Oregan Networks Ltd has announced the availability of Oregan Media Browser 4.0 for connected DTVs, branded as Onyx, which also comes in STB edition. Oregan says Onyx delivers to consumers simplified accessibility to multiple sources of trusted Internet and personal content on TVs through a single resident TV application that requires minimal setup and can be easily "called up" in the form of a widget and dismissed without leaving regular broadcast channels or switching TV inputs.

Onyx can work in conjunction with the existing DVB, ATSC, True2Way and other types of programming, facilitating immediate access to a variety of related or relevant web video services and digitally stored content, while the TV is tuned into one of the available broadcast channels.

As an ease-of-use enhancement, Onyx features a unified media search feature, allowing users to discover content via contextual linking to broadcast, recorded, personal and web sources, from home network devices that are designed to Digital Living Network Alliance guidelines, TV programming guides and Internet video-on-demand services.

Onyx functionalities are accessible through a single user interface that integrates with the traditional TV viewing experience, while offering extended media browsing and search options via graphical icons, with an intuitive navigational flow throughout. Onyx can be controlled via a traditional remote control or with a motion sensing remote control for high-end DTV products.

Onyx is powered by the Oregan Media Browser 4.0 middleware. It encapsulates the combination of Oregan's CEA-2014 compliant XHTML engine and open widgets, closely coupled with streaming media technology that controls audio and video playback sessions launched by the browser from Web, broadcast or home network sources.

To accommodate the cost-sensitive DTV market, Oregan Media Browser 4.0 maintains a small code footprint, while meeting demanding feature and performance requirements, which allows this application to run on lower-powered DTV chipsets based on ARM or MIPS CPU architectures.

The W3C standards-based foundation of Oregan Media Browser enables developers to create new Web widgets and applications using readily available tools and processes.

Onyx is slated for retail availability during the next holiday season.

- Cliff Roth
Video Imaging DesignLine





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