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January 02, 2014

Novabase Preps HbbTV-compliant Streaming Stick

By Tara Seals, TMCnet Contributor

Novabase Digital TV Technologies has selected Sigma Designs' SMP8674 media processor for its HDMI-Stick IPTV STB. The device will debut at the 2014 CES (News - Alert) show in Las Vegas next week.

The gadget is the first operator-class HDMI-stick form factor IP STB that is compliant with the European HbbTV hybrid TV standard. It also includes Wi-Fi and IR control capability and runs "httvLink" middleware by the French middleware vendor HTTV.

"Novabase is excited to partner with Sigma Designs (News - Alert) and HTTV in our innovative form factor product,” said Michael Pauli, managing director of Novabase Digital Technologies TV GmbH. "Sigma has a reputation for working with cutting-edge solutions for service providers."

SMP8674 is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that operates at very low power; its SDK offers support for HTML5 webkit applications and an advanced middleware-porting API that has been integrated by httvLink to provide full HbbTV compatibility. The SoC is also certified for multiple CAS like Nagravision and Verimatrix (News - Alert).

"Our open framework SDK solution for SMP8674 that supports QT-Webkit enabled the fast port of httvBOX middleware, and the partnership between Sigma Designs and httv,” said Mustafa Ozgen, general manager of Home Multimedia for Sigma Designs. “Pairing this with cardless CAS solutions then makes a very promising thin client to excite operators looking closely at the HDMI-stick form factor."

"HTTV is proud to have been chosen by Novabase Technologies TV GmbH and to partner with Sigma Designs for the launch of this first HbbTV compliant HDMI dongle. It proves our strong position on the HbbTV standard and our ability to be at the forefront of innovation," added Regis Saint Girons, HTTV's CEO. "Their reliable platforms and speed with which we can integrate means that we can get to market quickly with a very flexible customer solution."

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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