Showcasing HbbTV on Android TV with Chromium
At IBC, we will showcase at Google’s Android TV Summit how operators and manufacturers can enhance their Android TV applications with HbbTV functionality using the Inaris HbbTV Solution and the Chromium browser on top of TIF.
Android TV allows TV manufacturers and operators to build state of the art devices with a huge selection of available applications. The Android TV environment provides the user a very good coverage of video-on-demand content, independent from the linear broadcast. Additionally, broadcasters provide the user more and more broadcast-related content via the open HbbTV standard. To benefit also from this, the Android TV ecosystem can be enhanced with HbbTV functionality.
To have a seamless integration of HbbTV services into the TV application, we extended our Inaris HbbTV Solution to be embedded into the Android TV application, independent of the used input service. This allows operators to integrate HbbTV functionality into their TV application without any middleware adaptation.
The implementation is based on our platform-independent Inaris HbbTV Solution, the open Chromium browser, and powerful ExoPlayer media player for broadband playback. The interaction with the TV Input Service is done using the TV Input Framework (TIF) API.
We have presented our concept at the Android TV Summit at IBC 2017. Watch the video showing our proof-of-concept implementation.