Inaris now on Android N

Thu 16 Mar 2017

We now support Android N for watching live TV with our Inaris DVB/IPTV Middleware. We are working on combining OTT with classic live TV for new features like Replay TV and network PVR.

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HbbTV Operator Applications

Thu 16 Mar 2017

The HbbTV Specification group is currently working on finalizing the Operator Application Standard that allows operators to bring their portals to STB and TV devices using standard technologies.

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26th HbbTV Interoperability Workshop

Mon 12 Dec 2016

TARA Systems participated in the 26th HbbTV Interoperability Workshop at IRT (Insitiut für Rundfunktechnik) in Munich.

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HD+ Connect App for Playback of Encrypted Content on Mobile Devices

Thu 01 Dec 2016

The brand-new feature - HD+ ExtraScreen - extends HD+ to multiscreen distribution in households using Inaris SAT>IP Solution. For the very first time, the SAT>IP technology was used to stream encrypted channels to mobile devices.

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HbbTV 2.0 Companion Screen feature is now supported by Inaris HbbTV Solution

Wed 09 Nov 2016

In collaboration with the IRT, we have set-up a demonstration on how the HbbTV 2.0 Companion Screen feature can be used by companion applications. This demonstration was shown at IRT's booth at Medientage 2016 in Munich.

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HbbTV on Android TV

Thu 01 Sep 2016

We will shortly introduce our HbbTV Solution also for Android TV. This includes the current HbbTV 1.5 Solution as well as the new components developed for HbbTV 2.0. Even further we will support HbbTV on Android TV as a general application development platform with standardized interfaces as an extension to the Android TV Input Framework.

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HbbTV 2.0 Media Synchronisation and Companion Screen Release

Wed 31 Aug 2016

The development activities for the HbbTV 2.0 features Media Synchronisation and Companion Screen will be completed in Q4/2016. You can now upgrade or extend your HbbTV solution for HbbTV 2.0.

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Timeshift of encrypted content (in cooperation with SES PS)

Thu 25 Aug 2016

Continuing the close cooperation with SES PS, TARA Systems extend their multiscreen solution by supporting encrypted channels.

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Automatic testing of the Inaris HbbTV Solution in Jenkins

Thu 28 Jul 2016

We now fully automated our continuous integration environment Jenkins to enable the daily execution of the HbbTV Test Suite.

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TARA Systems contributes to the HbbTV 2.0 Operator Extension

Thu 23 Jun 2016

The HbbTV 2.0 Operator Applications working group started their activities with a face-to-face meeting in May 2016 in London. We from TARA Systems participated at this meeting and also at the bi-weekly conference calls that are currently established.

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Presentation and Demonstrations at SES Industry Days

Wed 01 Jun 2016

Our Managing Director Alexander Wass gave there a presentation on “Realising live TV on Digital Media Players (DMP) with broadcast feed from SAT>IP”.

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TIF Extension for DVB Scanning Feature

Thu 21 Apr 2016

In cooperation with the major European network operator, we extended TIF to support DVB scanning.

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Future-proof with HbbTV 2.0 extensions

Thu 14 Apr 2016

With the HbbTV 2.0 standard, a rich set of features will be added to HbbTV capable devices. For current and future customers of our Inaris HbbTV Solution, we already started to develop this next major step in the evolution of hybrid broadcast systems. The HbbTV 2.0 upgrade for the Inaris HbbTV Solution is expected to be available in Q4/2016.

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SDK further simplifies the integration work with own middleware

Fri 04 Mar 2016

Today, we are proud to announce the availability of our new Inaris HbbTV SDK coming with our Inaris HbbTV Solution. The SDK provides a sample implementation of all required interfaces to run our Inaris HbbTV Solution on Linux and Windows based platforms. Furthermore, stub implementations for the DVB middleware as well as for the web browser are provided. This remarkable simplifies the integration work with any DVB middlware or web browser.

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Global iTV Research Project successfully completed

Thu 25 Feb 2016

Last week, TARA Systems attended the final review of the GLOBAL iTV Project through the European Commission at the IRT Munich. The project has now been successfully completed.

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Automation of our HbbTV Test Environment

Thu 11 Feb 2016

With the release of the current HbbTV test suite v8.1.0 the number of tests has increased from around 400 to over 950. To enable the daily execution of the HbbTV test suite, it was essential for us to further automate our test environment, which has been in use since the beginning of 2014.

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Local Catch-up TV with Inaris

Thu 05 Nov 2015

Inaris DVB/IPTV Middleware has a new feature: Local Catch-up TV, allowing users to create their own media libraries for multiple channels.

We have expanded our Inaris DVB/IPTV Middleware and the Broadcom reference software (Nexus) to make it possible to record up to eight channels at a time (depending on the number of available tuners) to a hard drive using a cyclical time shift buffer. How long the files are kept can be adjusted depending on the amount of memory available. This makes it possible to record multiple channels simultaneously around the clock (24/7).

To achieve this, changes needed to be made to the Broadcom (Nexus) reference software, because it was not intended for 24/7 operation.

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Optimisation of Media-Streaming with MPEG-DASH

Wed 04 Nov 2015

TARA Systems participates in ANOPAS - a research project for application oriented optimisation of media streaming with MPEG-DASH and extends its MPEG-DASH client InarisDASH with features required by HbbTV 2.0. The project partners are Fraunhofer Fokus and Technische Universität Berlin.

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TARA Systems launches Inaris SAT>IP app for Google Nexus Player

Thu 15 Oct 2015

TARA Systems launches "Inaris SAT>IP" app for Google Nexus player in the Google Play Store. With the "Inaris SAT>IP" app, make your Nexus Player a SAT>IP Client. This allows to receive Live Free-To-Air channels via satellite on your Nexus Player as well as via T-Entertain. This is currently available for download as a free beta version from the Google Play Store.

The Inaris SAT>IP app demonstrates some of the expertise and software components that we have been developing through our SAT>IP and Android activities over the past six months.

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Cooperation with SES PS: Pay-TV Content via SAT>IP

Tue 13 Oct 2015

SES PS cooperates with TARA Systems to enable Multiscreen scenarios for pay-TV content via SAT>IP.

SES will include our extended SAT>IP stack - consisting of a SAT>IP server and a SAT>IP client software - in its Media Toolbox, which was already presented at the IBC 2015.

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SAT>IP Server streams HD Video to new iOS Client App

Mon 03 Aug 2015

As already announced we have now developed the SAT>IP Server according to the Standard. Validation was done on a Broadcom 7252 S based customer platform. Next goal is to certify this solution. In connection with the new developed SAT>IP client for iOS, it is now possible to watch Live HD FTA on iPad Air 2.

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Teletext launched 35 years ago and we were there almost right from the start!

Thu 30 Jul 2015

German weekly "Die Zeit" is marking the 35th anniversary of the Teletext information service with a special page in this week's issue. Despite competition from the internet, Teletext still enjoys massive popularity, especially because of its ease of use. It is accessed by 11.7 million people in Germany each day. Last year during the Winter Olympics, Teletext even set a new record with 16.4 million visits in a single day. Almost every television set, including the latest Smart TVs, have the special software installed required to decode the Teletext signal. And about half of all the TVs in the world contain TARA Systems' Teletext decoder solution.

Bayerischer Rundfunk has also broadcast a TV report about the 35th anniversary of Teletext and TARA Systems: Managing Director Alexander Wass tells of the beginnings of Teletext and how the Megatext chip made it possible to receive the then-new Teletext Level 2.5. Siemens, the chip maker at the time, and TARA Systems developed the chip and the necessary software in 1993. In response to the arrival of high-definition TVs in homes around the world, TARA Systems developed its own TrueType font for Teletext to further improve the appearance of the service.

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Inaris and Android AOSP on Marvell BG4-CT Reference Board

Thu 16 Jul 2015

The Inaris DVB Service now runs on the Marvell ARMADA 1500 Ultra /88DE3218 (BG4-CT) reference board as a SAT>IP client on top of Android AOSP. However any DVB tuner can be used as a source too. Of course it also can be integrated together with Google Android TV on this platform.

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Participation in the 22nd HbbTV Interoperability Workshop at IRT Munich

Thu 02 Jul 2015

The HbbTV Interoperability Workshop is organized regularly by the HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband service through connected TVs and set-top boxes in association with the IRT Munich. This workshop allows HbbTV application developers on the one side and manufacturers of HbbTV products on the other side to test the interoperability between HbbTV applications and TV devices.

Furthermore topics like the HbbTV Standard 2.0 and MPEG-DASH and their future developments were being discussed. As a member of the HbbTV Association the Interoperability Workshops are a good opportunity for us to gain fresh ideas and new input for our own HbbTV Solution and MPEG-DASH Project.

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Inaris on Android TV

Fri 10 Apr 2015

We successfully added Teletext to our integration of Inaris DVB Middleware on Android TV.

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Inaris TV Middleware now runs on the Google Nexus Player

Wed 25 Feb 2015

We created an app with underlying Inaris DVB / IPTV Middleware realizing the TvInputService of the Android 5.0 TV input framework and using SAT>IP as data source. Thereby Google’s AndroidTV app is available on the Leanback Launcher. Now it’s possible to watch FTA Satellite TV with DVB-SI EPG data for all services and also find your live content with the Google voice search. Besides of this also FTA IPTV services from T-Entertain can be used in parallel to SAT>IP.

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DiVi DSM-CC Carousel Builder for HbbTV Testing

Tue 24 Feb 2015

TARA introduces the DSM-CC Carousel Builder as a new member of its DiVi Tools. DiVi is TARA's tool family for analysing and generating DVB transport streams based on XML descriptions. With the new tool it is now possible to create DSM-CC object carousels for the transmission of HbbTV applications including application signalling (PAT, PMT, AIT) and stream events. All aspects of the carousel can be defined in detail not possible with other tools making this tool an excellent choice for testing purposes. Many of the DSM-CC tests for the official HbbTV test suite were generated using TARA's DSM-CC Carousel Builder. Beyond the usage for HbbTV the DSM-CC Carousel Builder can also be used for generating object and data carousels for other applications.

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3rd Place at VDE Smart Home Contest

Wed 26 Nov 2014

The project team of the "Lernen-im-Projekt" seminar (SS 2014) - led by lecturer Alexander Wass (CEO TARA Systems GmbH) at the University of Applied Sciences Munich - was awarded 3rd place at the VDE Smart Home Contest. The team convinced with a prototypical implementation of an AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) system, which provides details of the living conditions of elderly or sick family members or dependents through measuring and analysing electrical consumption data to recognize anomalies. The application of various disaggregation algorithms was explored here.

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TV set-top box for people with hearing impairments at Medientage Munich

Sun 26 Oct 2014

TARA Systems provides a TV set-top box to Munich-based company VerbaVoice that allows users to view translations into sign language and live subtitling along with the TV picture.

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TARA Systems at Lokalrundfunktage 2014 in Nuremberg

Fri 01 Aug 2014

Manuel Melic, product manager for TARA Systems' HbbTV Solution, gave a lecture at Lokalrundfunktage 2014 in Nuremberg about the technical status quo and outlook of HbbTV. The lecture took place as part of a workshop that dealt with the topic "HbbTV and Streaming as non-linear on-demand technologies that are already affordable for local TV stations and that will be a must soon."

TARA Systems contributes - as a member of the HbbTV Association - to the creation of the HbbTV standard, is actively working in the testing group and participates at the Interoperability Workshops, that take place four times a year at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik.

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Joining an EU funded Project for creating a next-generation Hybrid TV Platform

Wed 25 Jun 2014

TARA Systems joins the GLOBAL ITV project funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme. The project's goal is to lay the foundation for a global interoperable TV platform, incl. ISDB-Tb, which covers integrated broadcast and broadband services. In this joint Brazilian-European endeavour, a reliable migration path and a coexistence scenario towards a next-generation hybrid TV platform based on established standards like HbbTV and Ginga will be defined and showcased.

TARA Systems will contribute to the platform specification and will act as the task leader for the GLOBAL ITV set-top box prototype development as well as support the field tests and evaluations based on the previously developed prototype.

The project partners are IRT, A-CING, Fraunhofer, cellnex, Symelar, EBU, TDF, W3C and our Brazilian partners.

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Android UPnP Player for DVB Content

Thu 29 May 2014

Seamless TV Content on various devices: Kathrein TechnoTrend showed an Android UPnP Player at ANGA COM 2014 (Booth 10.2/B19) developed by us for the playback of MPEG Transport Streams. Hereby, we adapted the look and feel of the Mobile App one to one to the STB's UI design.

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