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STB platform supports hybrid broadcast TV

Posted: 15 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV? broadcast TV? STB? demonstrator platform?

STMicroelectronics has launched a demonstrator platform for next-generation STBs that are capable of receiving interactive digital TV services. The platform connects via broadcast or broadband Internet connections. It supports the Pan-European Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative, which aims to harmonize broadband and broadcast delivery of entertainment to end consumers through connected TVs and STBs. HbbTV is designed to operate without a single controlling authority or aggregator, and is being considered by various European regulators to support advanced digital services in the future.

By consolidating access to HD broadcast video, high-quality broadcast audio and Internet-based media, as well as supporting enhanced interactive capabilities in a single device, hybrid HbbTV STBs and TVs will enable service providers to enrich customers' digital viewing experiences and to create new revenue streams. Consumers will be able to use their TVs to access online Web-based services, such as news or travel and weather forecasts, or video-on-demand (VoD), catch-up TV and social networking apps, in a similar fashion to the way they can access these services on their broadband-connected PCs.

The HbbTV group includes Astra, Ant, IRT, Philips, OpenTV, Canal+, France TV and TF1, and the Association for the Development of Enhanced TV services and Interactivity. ST's HbbTV reference platform provides the foundation for STBs combining a DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2 or DVB-C receiver as well as broadband Internet connection.

"ST's demonstrator platform, in conjunction with HbbTV, allows hosting of advanced interactive applications providing seamless access to broadcast and Internet-based services," said Eric Jumelet, group VP of ST's home video division, home entertainment and displays group. "With this platform, ST is showing its commitment to support a common standard for interactive STBs."

ST has demonstrated this reference platform by building on its established technologies for interactive STBs. The platform chipset is based on ST's STi7109 H.264/VC1/MPEG4 HD decoder IC, which supports Internet Protocol connections. Platform features include full DVR capabilities, flexible audio/video decoding, IP VoD and browser support, and support for all interactive services and modern connectivity requirements. As an open platform, this solution may be ported to any suitable middleware.

For application notes on STBs click here.

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