iWedia and Amlogic combine for Android TV

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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iWedia and Amlogic Join Forces to Deliver a Combined Solution for Android TV STB

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — iWedia, a leading provider of software solutions for TV devices, today announced that it has joined forces with Amlogic, a global fabless system-on-a-chip (SoC) leader, to deliver a combined software and hardware solution for Android TV Set-Top Box (STB).

The combined solution consists of iWedia Teatro-3.5 software solution for Android TV STB ported on top of Amlogic S905D STB SoC.

The announcement was made to coincide with the opening of BroadcastAsia2017, which is being held in Singapore from Tuesday, May 23rd through to Thursday, May 25th. iWedia has a suite at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel where it demonstrates 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 7.0 Nougat, 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 Amlogic S905D SoC is deployed by major Pay TV operators worldwide and offers high-end features at unprecedented price points. Its advanced media processing ensures a flicker-free viewing experience and is capable of decoding 4Kp60 10-bit HEVC and VP9 formats with advanced HDR schemes. The S905D boasts a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and a penta-core ARM Mali-450 MP3 GPU to handle sophisticated UI and premium content. It also supports operator-level security technologies like Trusted Video Path (TVP) and video watermarking.

“Our S905D SoC is ideally suited for Android TV STB and has passed CTS, GTS, and other Google certifications for a better Time-To-Market; it as well provides an excellent price / feature ratio which is key for Asian markets,” says James Xie, Vice President, Corporate Business Strategy at Amlogic. “Integrating Teatro-3.5 enables us to accelerate the Time-To-Market further and to leverage iWedia’s software integration services.”

“A significant number of Asian Pay TV service providers are seriously considering Android TV for their next-gen STB; with Teatro-3.5 they may now use Android TV 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. “With its S905D STB chipset, Amlogic provides an extremely powerful and highly integrated device to support our solution and we are delighted to have extended the coverage of our product through this porting.”