Coolech HbbTV DTV Set-Top Box Powered By MStar MIPS SoC

Shenzhen Coolech Technology demoes an HbbTV Digital TV Set-top Box (STB) at Cebit 2012, in Hanover, Germany.  HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a new European standard for web-based smart TV applications for TVs and set-top boxes.

There are already plenty of STB solutions and Smart TVs offering Over-The-Top (OTT) features where TV channels and internet data are superimposed, but those are usually proprietary and HbbTV offers a standard that can be used by broadcasters all over Europe.

Here are Coolech’s HbbTV DTV STB specifications:

  • M-Star MIPS CPU clocked at 800 Mhz.
  • HDMI
  • DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2 support.
  • Ethernet
  • SD Card
  • 3x USB host
  • IR Sensor
  • SPDIF Audio Out

There is no info on the OS except it does not run Android, so it must be Linux…

Charbax interviewed the company at CeBit 2012 where you can learn more about the device and see a demo of ARD HbbTV Interop Portal (ARD is a TV channel in Germany).

The company did not disclose price nor availability, but said it targets Europe and Russia first, then the US.  There might be a little bit more info on their website later on.

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