GMI selects httv HbbTV firmware for HD+ SmartTV STB for Germany

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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During the IBC 2012, httv will showcase the new GMI HD+ SmartTV Set Top Box. Working closely with leading German distributor COMAG, this product is targeting the HD+ Smart TV and will offer the HD+ channels but also access to Maxdome VOD service. The STB is fully compliant with the HbbTV standard (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) and will give access to the HbbTV services offered by the German broadcasters.

httv is gradually becoming a significant supplier of software turnkey solutions for STBs.

httv a France and Singapore based provider of solutions for digital TV is announcing that Good Mind Industries (GMI) has selected the httv’s HbbTV firmware for its new range of set-top boxes (STBs).

The first product is a HD+ SmartTV PVR-ready STB offering access to the HD channels of the HD+ ASTRA bouquet and protected by Nagravision advanced conditional access system. The solution is Microsoft Playready DRM certified to give access to Maxdome, the leading German VOD provider. As a fully compliant HbbTV device, it will also give access to the new generation of HbbTV services offered by the German broadcasters such as catch-up programming from ARD and ZDF, digital text from ARD, video on demand and radio applications.

GMI, is a Taiwanese Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) and an experienced provider of satellite and terrestrial equipment. GMI has a long relationship with Singapore based SindiTV, the HD+ software market leader, recently acquired by httv. By selecting httv’s HbbTV firmware, GMI is benefiting from httv expertise on the HbbTV standard to offer a technically advanced and cost effective product.

HbbTV, launched in 2009 in Germany, is a fast growing standard for connected devices increasing the range of TV services and providing compelling end-user experiences by mixing broadcast and broadband contents. HbbTV is now adopted by many countries and operators in Europe (Germany, France, Spain, Netherland”¦) and in Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand”¦)

Steven Ho, President at GMI commented: “As a leading professional ODM partner, GMI has been diligently working together with first tier companies for last 20 years to provide the best technology and products. Facing the new interactive and hybrid trend, we are very excited and will insist working with professional companies such as httv to satisfy market leading brand customers like Comag”

Joachim Stroehm, Senior Executive President at COMAG commented: “COMAG’s market leading position has been established by selecting the best solution providers when targeting new market opportunities. We fully support the partnership between GMI and httv which will enable us to deliver a compelling HD+ Smart TV and HbbTV product range.”

Jean-Christophe Jubin, General Manager APAC at httv said “The GMI HD+ SmartTV product is technically a very advanced solution compliant with the HD+ and HbbTV specifications, NAGRA PRM DRM and Microsoft Playready DRM for Maxdome VOD portal. I’m proud that httv is now able to offer such cutting edge software solutions for hybrid STBs.” He added “I believe that httv’s strategic decision to be a key player of the HbbTV standard is heading in the good direction as I can witness that HbbTV is also growing very fast in Asia”.

httv will demonstrate the demo on its booth 5.B26 at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam.