TVolution STB Reference Application

TARA's digital TV reference application is based on the modular Inaris Middleware, combined with a feature-rich, easy-to-customize user interface application. The application is intended as reference implementation and easy startup for customer projects, and also has been deployed in several products on the market.

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Graphical User Interface

  • Realised with TARA's GUI Tool Embedded Wizard
  • User Interface available with two skin variants
  • Easy to customize
  • Flexibly extendible to customers' requirements

Live TV Sources

  • Terrestrial (DVB-T/T2)
  • Cable (DVB-C)
  • Satellite (DVB-S/S2)
  • Capable to integrate IPTV services
  • DiSEqc 1.0/1.1 - next step: motorised antenna (e.g. DiSEqC 1.2)
  • Unicable (EN50494) support

Basic TV Functionality

  • Various service scan types (e.g. auto, manual, ASTRA LCN)
  • and service scan options (e.g. service filter)
  • Reception of TV and radio services
  • Support of favourite and LCN lists
  • Picture-in-picture (PiP)
  • EPG: Full electronic programme guide for 7 days or more
  • Teletext Level 2.5 with optimized True Type Font for enhanced readability
  • DVB HD Subtitling
  • DSM-CC Receiver
  • Configuration management to support country/product dependent settings
  • HDMI-CEC communication

Connected TV

  • Pre-integrated HbbTV Solution (requires CE-HTML compatible browser)
  • Prepared for SmartTV portal support

PVR Functionality

  • Multi-Tuner support
  • Multiple simultaneous recordings
  • Timeshifting
  • Instant and scheduled recording using EPG data
  • Series recordings based on EPG data
  • Manual recording (service, date, time) with repetitions
  • Series and recommendations recordings based on CRIDs
  • Accurate recording based on EIT present/following
  • Automatic conflict management (support of user priorities)
  • Recording of Teletext and DVB Subtitles
  • Archive management, storage of metadata, e.g. title, description, genre, ..
  • Indication of partial or missed recordings (including failure reason)
  • Assign and remove of PVR storage volume during runtime (USB hotplug)

Home Network & Media Playback

  • UPnP Digital Media Server (DMS) - streaming of live services, archived recordings and local files
  • UPnP Digital Media Player (DMP) *
  • Media Browser
  • Media Player (supported codecs dependent on platform capabilities)

*) under development - available soon

CA System Support

  • Prepared for CA system integration
  • CA system agnostic approach
  • Customers integrated several CA systems
    • CI+
    • Nagravision
    • Irdeto
    • Conax
    • Verimatrix

References

The TVolution reference application was used as basis for several products on the market. The first product with zapping functionality was launched in 2008. Later on, products with extended PVR functionality and/or Connected TV support were deployed.

Examples are listed within section Success Stories, e.g.:

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