IBC 2012: EchoStar Goes Hybrid with Android DVB, IP STB

Editor | 08-09-2012

A further indication of the importance of Android technology in broadcast has been given by EchoStar who has expanded its portfolio of set-top boxes (STB) based on the operating system with new hybrid DVB and IP solutions.

The new HDX-410 range is designed not only to offer video functionality but also to support home networking and act as a multi-room solution. The range is designed, says the company, to enable TV operators and telcos to deliver a wide range of DVB and IP-based services to their customers cost effectively, including broadcast and on demand TV plus Smart TV applications. It supports the industry's leading digital rights management and middleware solutions and power operation to meet European energy efficiency requirements.

Given the connected theme, the box offers compatibility with industry standard protocols ensures that the HDX-410 can interact with other devices within the home, enabling TV operators to extend services from a central gateway to other display devices throughout the home network. Interfaces include HDMI, 802.11n wireless networking, Ethernet, S/PDIF and USB 2.0.

It supports advanced video coding (AVC) such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1 and VP8. This sasy EchoStar ensures that TV operators and service providers can combine and deliver the best user experience, high quality video and audio whilst optimising the available bandwidth to deliver entertainment services cost effectively. It also offers Adobe Flash Player 11.x and a WebKit-based browser.

"Following close collaboration with the market following the introduction of our first Android-powered IP platform at IBC last year, we were aware that it was important to follow up with the addition of broadcast and DVB support to add to the versatility of the product," commented Rhod Williams Senior Vice President and General Manager of EchoStar in Europe.

"Initially appealing primarily to IP and over-the-top service providers, this updated platform adds an even higher level of flexibility and targets TV operators who wish to combine broadcast TV services with entertainment delivered over the IP channel in a single cost effective platform."