Hardware (DVD, TV, PMP, Set-top Box, …) News

Swisscom Android IPTV set-top operated by iWedia software
Apr 23, 2014 – iWedia has announced that the new Swisscom TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top box runs iWedia's Teatro-3.5 software. Teatro-3.5 extends Android to support IPTV and OTT services with a Java user interface.
News categories: iWedia, Swisscom, Nikola Teslić, Digital TV, IPTV, Middleware, Set Top Box, Switzerland

VESA and MIPI announce Display Stream Compression standard
Apr 22, 2014 – VESA and the MIPI Alliance have announced the availability of DSC 1.0. VESA developed the DSC standard as a compression standard for video interfaces, offering visually lossless performance and low latency.
News categories: Video Electronics Standards Association, MIPI Alliance, Dale Stolitzka, Joel Huloux, Connectivity, Smart TV, Worldwide

ViXS demonstrates RDK client on UltraHD 4K platform
Apr 22, 2014 – ViXS Systems (TSX: VXS) has announced that it is the first and only company with a shipping Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K HEVC 10-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) to demonstrate a Reference Design Kit implementation.
News categories: ViXS Systems, Cable TV, Cable2014, Middleware, Semiconductor, Set Top Box

Hillcrest gesture control selected by Lenovo
Apr 22, 2014 – Hillcrest Labs has announced that Lenovo's new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest's patented Freespace® in-air pointing and motion control software.
News categories: Hillcrest Labs, Lenovo, Dan Simpkins, Xiong Wen, China, Digital TV, Middleware, Smart TV

Netflix adds 4 million members in 1Q 2014
Apr 21, 2014 – Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has released its first-quarter 2014 financial results. The comany ended Q1 with over 48 million global members, and topped $1 billion in quarterly streaming revenue.
News categories: Netflix, Cable TV, Europe, Latin America, Middleware, North America, OTT, Results, Set Top Box, Subscribers, USA

Entropic announces Digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) ICs
Apr 21, 2014 – Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR) has announced its latest digital Channel Stacking Switch (dCSS) and Band Translation integrated circuit (IC) family, the EN5500-series.
News categories: Entropic, Matt Rhodes, ICs, LNB, Satellite, Semiconductor, Worldwide

MStar Semi for Videocon d2h HD MPEG-4 DVB-S2 set-top box
Apr 21, 2014 – MStar Semiconductor has announced the mass production of an HD MPEG-4 DVB-S2 set-top box with Videocon d2h, the fastest growing DTH service provider in India.
News categories: MStar Semi, Videocon d2h, Wayne Liang, Anil Khera, Digital TV, DVB-S2, India, Satellite, Semiconductor, Set Top Box

Hisense releases Smart TV 2.0
Apr 21, 2014 – Hisense has announced the released of VIDAA2, its latest smart television set. The two main features of the redefined VIDAA2 include new convergence (Juhaokan) and social (Juxiangjia) functionalities.
News categories: Hisense, Zhou Houjian, China, Smart TV

Motive TV signs software contract with Skyworth
Apr 17, 2014 – Motive Television has announced that it has signed a Software Development License Agreement with Skyworth who will be supplying set top boxes in support of the Siyaya DTH service in South Africa.
News categories: Motive Television, Skyworth, Leonard M Fertig, Middleware, Satellite, Set Top Box, South Africa