Premium licensed app will improve the user experience and enable TV manufacturers to add more value and increase revenue streams
Lausanne, Switzerland – 28 September, 2022 – iWedia, a leading provider of software components and solutions for connected TV devices, announced today that it is working with Google to develop and deliver a Live TV application for Google TV and other Android TV OS devices. The Live TV app, which is set to begin roll-out in Europe in the coming months, has already been licensed by Shenzhen Chuangwei-RGB Electronics Co.,Ltd., one of the largest TV manufacturers in the world.
Live TV is one of the most used applications on Android TV OS devices. Following feedback from end users, Google wanted to update and improve the user experience and give more value to TV brands.
Google is working with iWedia to deliver a premium licensed Live TV app, giving TV brands the choice to offer greater value and a superior user experience to their customers.
As well as basic features such as an EPG guide, channel list and parental controls, the Live TV app will deliver major new features upon launch, including:
- Branding options for TV brands, with customizable look and feel
- User friendly design and navigation
- Rich metadata (optional add-on)
- Voice Control with Google Assistant
- Deep linking with streaming services (in roadmap)
- Seamless integration with Google TV’s Live TV tab
Hans-Jürgen Desor, CEO, iWedia, said, “We are honored that Google has partnered with iWedia to deliver this ambitious project, which involves the design, development and integration of complex broadcast TV functionality, as well as multi-country certification. With a modern, user-friendly UI and options for brands to add value as well as increase revenues, we know that this app – which has already won the confidence of both Google and Skyworth – will meet and even exceed the needs of both TV manufacturers and end users.”
The Live TV App will be enabled in different territories in stages, with the first deployment planned in Europe in Q4 2022. The App will also be made available as part of efforts to scale Android TV OS for STB suppliers that target specific retail markets in Europe.
iWedia S.A, part of Zappware Entertainment Group International (ZEGI), provides world-class software solutions for connected TV devices. We are pioneers in TV and support our customers with software architecture and design expertise, field proven products, and cost-effective engineering services out of our development centers in Serbia. We are proud to serving major Telecom operators, PayTV operators and tier 1 automotive OEMs with our media solutions.
In addition to stand-alone components giving support to latest versions of DVB, ATSC, ARIB, ISDB-T, HLS, DASH, MHEG-5, HbbTV, CI Plus, TR-069, (amongst others), iWedia offers complete solutions for all kinds of TV devices (OTT / IPTV / Broadcast STBs, Smart TVs, tablets, phones, game consoles). Dubbed Teatro, these solutions are available on RTOS, Linux and Google TV and other Android TV OS devices and are pre-integrated with leading service and delivery platforms, CA/DRM systems, and chipsets
iWedia delivers efficient and scalable software integration services performed by an experienced team used to enable rapid deployments of high-volume consumer electronics devices. iWedia is headquartered in Switzerland with development labs in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Nis, Serbia, and sales and support offices in Germany, France, Singapore, India and South Korea.
Please visit www.iwedia.com for more information.