Broadcom Powers World's First Android 4.0 Set-top Box with Google Mobile ServicesTuesday, January 8th, 2013
Korea Telecom Olleh TV Smart Set-top Box Offers New Suite of Android Applications
- Enables new Android-based services for Korea Telecom’s Olleh TV Skylife satellite/IP service
- Delivers Google Play and other GMS applications on Android 4.0
- Powered by Samsung Electronics’ SMT-E5015 Smart TV set-top box; based on Broadcom’s MIPS-based BCM7356 SoC
LAS VEGAS — 2013 CES International — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced the successful integration of Google Mobile Services with Android ICS on the Samsung Electronics SMT-E5015 Smart TV set-top box (STB), based on the Broadcom® BCM7356 satellite STB system-on-a-chip (SoC).
“With the addition of Google Services, we are demonstrating our commitment in leading the industry to deploy entirely new connected TV applications and content to our subscribers,” said Mr. JG Choe, Korea Telecom Deputy General Manager. “Being able to support Android 4.0 on Samsung Electronics’ Smart TV set-top box enables us to bring an exciting range of previously mobile-only services to the TV.”
To enhance the functionality of standard Android devices, Samsung Electronics’ Smart TV STB met the additional stringent Compatibility and GMS Test Suites (CTS/GTS) for support of Google Mobile Service (GMS) on KT’s Olleh TV Skylife (OTS) service. Now, KT can offer subscribers new Android-based applications including Google Services (Play Store, Play Video, Play Music and Search).
“We are pleased to pass this important milestone. The close cooperation and support from Broadcom and Google was integral to this success,” said Mr. ID Ham, Samsung Electronics, Vice President of STB SW R&D Leader. “Our Smart TV set-top box based on Android can now give operators like KT another exciting way to deliver a rich, interactive digital TV experience to their customers.”
Key Features of KT Olleh TV Smart STB (developed by Samsung Electronics)
- Supports Android 4.0, and offers a range of Google Services.
- Includes Widevine DRM decryption of premium content.
- Provides side-by-side support with Alticast MHP/ACAP middleware for simultaneous delivery of satellite broadcast and IP-based content.
“This is a significant accomplishment in the development and deployment of new TV entertainment programming and services,” said Dan Marotta , Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group. “With a high level of focus and commitment by the Android teams at Samsung Electronics and Google, we were able to achieve the industry’s first integration of GMS services on an Android set-top box. We are committed to further development of features and capabilities in our set-top box platforms to power the next generation of connected home devices.”
Broadcom is currently shipping the BCM7356 hybrid IP/satellite set-top box solution in high volume production.