IBC 2015: Liberty Global, Comcast tap Metrological for embedded STB browser


Michelle Clancy

| 14 September 2015

Liberty Global and Comcast will use Metrological open-source browser enhancements to improve their ability to support enhanced Internet Protocol (IP) browser-based services and applications for set-top boxes (STBs).

Metrological also said that it will contribute the enhancements to the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for use across the pay-TV industry.

Liberty Global, which already uses an earlier version of Metrological's browser, plans to upgrade to these new enhancements for its RDK-based Horizon TV platform. Comcast plans to trial the STB browser software enhancements for use on its RDK-based X1 Platform later this year.

The browser software resides in the set-top box (STB), and enables high performance rendering of HTML5 apps and next-generation user interfaces (UIs) across STBs. Notably, the new software will help increase browser performance, with a smaller software footprint, and requires significantly less memory usage. Technically, it relies upon open-source WebKit for Wayland components to render UIs, and provide better windows management to control multiple applications and resource management.

"At Liberty Global we set out to optimise the browser to deliver a high performance consumer experience with support for rich UIs and HTML5 apps on Horizon TV," said Balan Nair, EVP and CTO at Liberty Global. "This browser capability will enable us to more easily customise user experiences and offer high performance TV services, such as our integrated app experience based on the Metrological *** Application Platform **

, to our customers in ways that weren't previously possible."