DTVKit, Ocean Blue Software and HARMAN Connected Services collaborate to provide support for Android TV

DTVKit is pleased to announce that DTVKit, HARMAN Connected Services and Ocean Blue Software have agreed a collaboration that will accelerate the development and introduction of Android TV based products.

The collaboration will fully support DTVKit members with a wide range of high value services from the early stages of project planning, all the way through to certification.

OBS have integrated DTVKit into Android using the Android TV Input Framework (TIF). This framework enables OEMs to provide access to broadcast DVB services on their Android powered devices. Integrating DTVKit with the Android TIF using the binder IPC, rather than via a proprietary mechanism, ensures compatibility with the Android architecture for current and future releases. OBS can provide support for Android TV (TIF) development and integration to any DTVKit members. The Android Integration Software has been donated by OBS and is available to all DTVKit members.

Paul Martin, CEO of OBS, commented, “I am excited to be expanding our relationship with HARMAN Connected Services and DTVKit. Each organisation brings complementary benefits to our customers. Android TV’s inherent benefits of reduced software investment and rapid time to market are further enhanced by this collaboration. As a founding member of DTVKit, OBS is uniquely placed to quickly adapt the DTVKit stack to the final product requirements. ”

Google’s Android Ecosystem Partner, HARMAN Connected Services, can provide certification services to DTVKit members. The Certification Service consists of CTS/CTS Verifier/GTS, Smoke Tests, ATV Help, and submitting test results on behalf of the OEM, to gain Google’s approval. Alongside this, HARMAN can support customers with UI/UX Development, Systems Integration, and Programme Management.

DTVKit offers a range of different support packages to ensure that all the needs of a business are met. The range of support packages can help with anything from specialised engineering support, testing services and project management.

Phil Evans, General Manager of DTVKit, also commented “This is the next logical step for DTVKit. Already we can meet members’ requirements for low end (RTOS) platforms through to high end PVR and Hybrid solutions. Therefore, integration with Android TV makes perfect sense to ensure DTVKit offers the most complete solution to our members. This is especially prominent as market demand for Android TV is high and reflected in the requirements of our members.”

As of August 2018, DTVKit integration with Android TV is currently available on Broadcom and HiSilicon platforms. To schedule a meeting with DTVKit at IBC including demo’s showing the Android TV Solution on Broadcom and HiSilicon platforms, please click here to book a slot.

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About DTVKit

DTVKit is a UK not-for-profit organisation, collaborating across the consumer electronics industry to deliver the very best production-ready DVB software to members and the end user. The organisation is supported by members who provide subscription fees and expert software engineers to accelerate software development for the Digital Television market. The efforts of the DTVKit community will further enhance the development of the four main software components; DVBCore, MHEG Engine, HbbTV Plug-In and CI+ Engine. DTVKit has been integrated into Android using the TV Input Framework (TIF), enabling OEMs to provide access to broadcast DVB services on their Android powered devices. It aims to provide the best software foundations to give the highest ROI to members. For more information about DTVKit, please visit dtvkit.org or email info@dtvkit.org.

About Ocean Blue Software

Ocean Blue Software have been in the industry for over 15 years and are the leading experts in software, services and support for DVB. As the founding member of DTVKit, the OBS team have an astonishing understanding of the software. OBS offer services through the means of consultancy, support, customisation, development, integration and testing. OBS have proven agility in their products, as they can provide key support for DVB in Android TV, as well as near turn key solutions for emerging markets. For more information on the services Ocean Blue Software can offer, please visit oceanbluesoftware.com or email info@oceanbluesoftware.co.uk.

About HARMAN

HARMAN International (harman.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co, LTD., designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

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