DTVKit announces launch at TV Connect

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 
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BRISTOL, UK — DTVKit announces its official launch at TV Connect uniting the digital TV industry through the open software foundation for DVB based products.

The DTVKit Open Software Foundation (DTVKit) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, run by a governing board made up of key member representatives. It is dedicated to developing and maintaining a shared pool of software components, which are the essential building blocks of CE products based on DVB standards.

DTVKit will provide a ready to use mature and stable software solution to its members, this software is based on the Ocean Blue Software range of widely deployed and mature Software components, including a broadcast stack supporting DVB-T/T2/S/S2/C, MHEG, CI+ and HbbTV. This will form the basis of the first full software release. Members of DTVKit will have full access to the source code and benefit from a royalty free commercial licence.

Paul Martin, CEO of DTVKit says, “For too long our industry has competed in the development of these fundamental building blocks, duplicating effort and exhausting precious resources. I am excited to be leading an initiative which will transform our industry, reducing cost and accelerating time to market for member products. Our community will thrive through active member support and I look forward to hearing from any organisation which shares our vision and is keen to help define the future for Digital Television products.”

Paul Cox, Sr. Director Software Engineering of founding member Broadcom Corporation comments, “For some time Broadcom has seen the industry need for a common and open set of DVB standards-based software building blocks that form the basis of many linear digital broadcast receivers. DTVKit offers us an efficient and practical way to realise this need and we look forward to taking an active role in the Governing Board.”

Paul Gray, Director TV Electronics & European Research for NPD DisplaySearch says ”The appearance of multi-screen viewing is accelerating the pace of innovation, creating new opportunities for broadcast content consumption. The industry needs to adapt to streamline product development and evolve with consumers’ new usage patterns. Moving to open software is a bold step to revitalise the development of DVB software. In turn, this will enhance the value and relevance of television to consumers, benefiting the entire industry from broadcasters through to CE brands and chip makers.”