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Vestel, SoftAtHome dispense with set-top

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 8:10am
Brian Santo

European TV manufacturer Vestel and SoftAtHome have collaborated on the development of TVs that integrate everything needed for a combination IPTV/OTT service, obviating the need for any set-top box.

IPTV operators worldwide can offer premium IPTV services, including live TV, PVR and VOD, in addition to streaming video over what the two companies are calling a Connected TV.

The Connected TVs incorporate an EMMA3SL/P chipset from Renesas. SoftAtHome has ported its software platform to the EMMA3Sx family, which is dedicated to connected pay-TV STBs and TV modules. The silicon and software combination can support H.264 HD standard, multi-format video for IPTV and China's AVS standard.

The Connected TV and the IPTV services can be remotely managed by operators using the TR-69 standard protocol.

"Vestel is planning to sell their Connected TV and set-top boxes with SoftAtHome operating platform in Arabic countries in the second quarter of 2011," said Hakan Kutlu, deputy director at Vestel Foreign Trade.

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