iWedia Android STB software ported to HiSilicon SoCs

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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iWedia Makes its Software Solution for Android TV STB Available for the Latest HiSilicon UHD STB Chipset

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — iWedia, a leading provider of software solutions for TV devices, today announced that its Teatro-3.5 product for Android TV STB has been ported on top of HiSilicon Hi3798MV200, the latest UHD STB chipset from the worldwide leading provider of silicon solutions for digital home, communications and wireless terminals.

The announcement was made to coincide with the opening of TV Connect 2017, which is being held in London (ExCeL) from Tuesday, March 28th through to Thursday, March 30th. Both HiSilicon (stand B23) and iWedia (stand B54) exhibit at the show where they will demonstrate the integrated solution.

Teatro-3.5 is a complete software solution for STB operated under Android TV. It is based on iWedia ANDROID4TV framework which extends Android TV with broadcast and multicast Pay TV functionalities implemented as input modules of the Android TV Input Framework (TIF). The product is available for Android TV 6.0 (Marshmallow) and 7.0 (Nougat) 7.0, integrated with various Conditional Access Systems (CAS), and connected to various service delivery platforms and content delivery networks.

Part of Teatro-3.5, C-More Live is a custom launcher and TV app meant to be tailored for the operator. The app is fully compliant with both Android TV Operator Tier program requirements and Google design principles. It allows navigating and accessing the whole features provided by the operator such as Live TV, VoD, catchup TV, DVR, and Time Shift.

The HiSilicon Hi3798MV200 chipset provides a cost effective solution for HEVC STB running Android or giving support to HTML5 under Linux. Hi3798MV200 is a full-4K high-performance SoC that supports H.265 video decoding up to 4Kx2K@60fps. It integrates the quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor and a multi-core 2D/3D acceleration engine. Besides, it supports H.265 HD video encoding, HDR video decoding and display, HDR-to-SDR conversion, and Dolby and DTS audio processing. It also features an advanced security engine integrating a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), a Secure Video-Path (SVP), and forensic watermarking technologies.

“HiSilicon has been concentrating on Android-based solutions for several years. In working closely with a middleware company like iWedia we can jointly support the wishes of TV operators to grow their business in using Android TV to provide more value-added services,” says John Liu, General Manager of STB Product Line at HiSilicon.

“With Teatro-3.5 Pay TV service providers can use Android as a vehicle for their own premium services and provide their subs with the best out of both worlds,” says Nikola Teslić, CTO at iWedia. “The latest STB chipset from HiSilicon provides an ideal feature–cost combination for hosting this solution and we are delighted to have achieved this porting”.