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Monday, December 1, 2008

tsMuxeR current releases

  • SmartLabs tsMuxeR for Windows - 1.8.4(b)
  • SmartLabs tsMuxeR for Linux (console only) - 1.7.3(b)
We plan to release a new tsMuxeR version in Q1 2009. Please post your feature requests here or send to tsmuxer@smartlabs.tv.
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Monday, September 1, 2008

SmartBRIDGE: YouTube-to-IP STB gateway is now available

SmartLabs launched SmartBRIDGE, YouTube-to-IP STB gateway. With this product IPTV service providers can add new popular interactive service for their subscribers - searching and viewing YouTube video content on TV screen.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

SmartLabs announced new powerful Client Application Framework (CAF) for set-top-boxes

With SmartLabs Client Application Framework, STB vendors and service providers might benefit from fast and easily customizable user interface (UI) applications which turn any STBs into powerful graphical media console. The framework works over all existing popular STB platforms, and it might be easily integrated into new ones...

SmartLabs develops a comprehensive portfolio of software solutions for IPTV, satellite, terrestrial, and hybrid STBs. With SmartLabs Client Application Framework, STB vendors and service providers might benefit from fast and easily customizable user interface (UI) applications which turn any STBs into powerful graphical media console. The framework works over all existing popular STB platforms, and it might be easily integrated into new ones.

SmartLabs Client Application Framework (CAF) is a compact software platform that can be bundled with a growing number of modules for deployment of attractive interactive TV services. As many network operators deploy on more than one STB model (often from more than one vendor), SmartLabs Client Application Framework provides the essential common denominator which is required to deploy services to every subscriber the way that minimizes cost of development and speeds time-to-market. SmartLabs Client Application Framework enables services to run on multiple generations of STBs from many vendors by protecting services from the different STB hardware configurations.

Client Application Framework Advantages
  • Compact and Light: Optimized application design provides best performance on both low-end and high-end STBs.
  • Native UI navigation experience: UI applications work very fast in terms of navigating or browsing lists, changing forms and screens, redrawing interface elements. It allows users to navigate through client application assuming 100% native and expected response from the UI.
  • Extended Presentation Capabilities: animation, 2D, 3D, scrolling lines, flying objects, others – are 1. Possible, 2. Easy to add, 3. Works fast. It allows even slow box looks like modern game consoles.
  • Application Builder Framework: documented, standard-based APIs to build custom UI applications and to integrate UI applications with any server-side SDP or middleware.

Client Application Framework Benefits

Please find below how STB vendors and service providers benefit from SmartLabs Client Application Framework.

For STB Vendors:

  • Powerful application framework over STB's hardware and operating system
  • Designed for interactive TV services instead of common browsers
  • Alternative to browsers as an application framework and substitute browser fee in STB
  • Standard built-in 'default' applications
  • No software development headache for STB vendors
  • Cross-platform – easy to push new STBs to the markets

For service providers:

  • One UI applications across all STBs and other client devices connected to digital TV interactive services
  • Standard built-in ‘default’ applications for immediate service delivery
  • Resources and tools to customize or even redesign UI using wide range of prebuilt widgets and standard APIs
  • Third-party services integration
  • Transparent integration with server-side middleware and other back-end applications through industry-standard APIs
  • Cost-effective solution (substitute browser and middleware 'per subscriber' fees)

Client Application Framework deliverables

The framework is provided with a full set of software and documentation required to start application development immediately:

  • Framework software integrated within selected STBs
  • A set of standard 'default' applications, i.e. basic TV and VoD services, EPG, etc.
  • Source-code samples with step-by-step instructions
  • APIs documentation and Programmer's guide
  • 24x7 support and troubleshooting

Client Application Framework in action

Please see how we develop our own Client TV applications using Client Application Framework for STBs. With this powerful framework, you can benefit from prebuilt applications which we provide 'as is' as a part of the framework, or create your own ones.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

tsMuxeR version 1.6.3(b) released

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

tsMuxeR version 1.2.6 released

Here.
  • Dolby True HD support added;
  • MPEG audio layer 1/2/3 support added;
  • Error in M2TS demux module - "Lost of few M2TS frames" - fixed.;
  • Error in MKV demux module - "Short NAL codes weren't supported" - fixed.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

tsMuxeR version 1.2.0 released

Come and get.
  • M2TS recording option added;
  • Track list detection option updated (some tracks were hidden).
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

SmartLabs unveils newest service delivery platform for an interactive television

At CSTB’2008 show SmartLabs introduced new solutions for IPTV, hybrid and Internet TV

Moscow, February 12th, 2008 – At 10th International expo CSTB’2008 last week SmartLabs unveiled newest solutions for multimedia service delivery platforms for service providers and broadcasters.

Among other products which have been presented at SmartLabs booth a special attention was paid to converged service delivery platform (SmartTUBE SDP) equipped with innovative client application approach and next-generation Internet TV platform which offers high-quality video delivery over public Internet.

SmartTUBE SDP — a converged service delivery platform for interactive television over fixed (IPTV, DVB, hybrid) and wireless (DVB-H, 3G, WiFi, WiMax, etc.) networks with TV broadcasting, , PPV, PVR/nPVR, VoD/nVoD, IM, e-mail, Internet access, and other services.



Key features are:

  • Support for IPTV, satellite, terrestrial, hybrid, and mobile networks
  • Next-generation client applications for all types of STBs:
  • A wide range of STBs support
  • Extended UI presentation capabilities
  • “Intuitive” and fast interface navigation
  • Standard APIs (ITU-T based and other standards and recommendations) for interoperability and integration with other solution components – moreover, UI client applications are designed to be used with other vendors middleware or SDP products as well as with SmartTUBE SDP
  • Rapid UI applications development and customization
  • A complete end-to-end solution with SmartMEDIA, a content management and distribution platform, or video server, SmartCONTENT, a content preparation system, and SmartENCODER, MPEG-4 H.264 AVC SD encoder solution.

Modern SmartTUBE SDP client applications use a universal cross-platform graphical engine which supports a wide range of client devices and applications, i.e. TV STBs, mobile multimedia devices, digital players, communicators, mobile phones, etc. The engine has a set of instruments to build UIs from existing components using 2D and 3D effects, and it also has an object language to create unique interface elements which become immediately available at all client devices where the engine might be installed.

«It means that once created, UI might be easily transferred to different client devices not only within one technology (say, IPTV), but to different devices from different technologies which means that a particular UI will be available at IPTV and cable or hybrid STBs at the same time,» - says Igor Rumyantsev, SmartLabs CTO.

Another solution which had a very positive feedback from the visitors was an innovative Internet TV solution from SmartLabs which allows service providers and independent broadcasters (TV channels, media companies, corporations, etc.) to distribute real-time high-quality video over Internet and intranet networks. It becomes available because of two main solution advantages:

  • High video and audio quality based on newest coding algorithms (MPEG-4 H.264 AVC) and unique SmartLabs technologies to optimize interoperability between video servers and client applications which improves picture and sound quality.
  • Content management and distribution administrative platform optimizes bandwidth and reduce network load as well as provides uninterruptable video stream delivery to each potential subscriber.

Please go to unlim.tv to evaluate.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

SmartLabs at CSTB'2008


10th International Exhibition and Conference CSTB’2008 – key media event in Eastern Europe and CIS countries will take place on February 4-7 2008 at Crocus Expo. It represents pay TV industry - one of the most rapidly growing nowadays.

This year CSTB will celebrate its 10 year anniversary. During that period the show has become an important event on TV and Telecom market, a largest space where all key players meet: major pay TV operators, leading Russian and foreign producers of equipment for PayTV networks, distributors, system integrators, major content producers and content providers.

At the booth 123 (Hall № 1) SmartLabs will introduce newest solutions for multimedia content delivery systems over telco networks and Internet. Among top issues are:

  • Converged service delivery platform (IPTV, DVB, mobile TV)
  • New user interface and fast and reliable client applications for various STBs including MPEG-4
  • SD/HD, MPEG-2, hybrid STBs (DVB/IP), etc.
  • Unique content preparation, storage, and distribution system for IPTV and Internet TV networks
  • High-quality live Internet TV solution
  • Real-time MPED-4 H.264 AVC encoder

Welcome to our booth!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

tsMuxer launched

SmartLabs launched tsMuxeR - the software utility to create TS and M2TS files for IP broadcasting as well as for viewing at hardware video players (i.e., Dune HD Ultra, Sony Playstation3 and others).
tsMuxeR distributes as freeware to demonstrate SmartLabs advanced technologies for IP multimedia solutions.

Come to tsMuxeR page to download the latest version. Read more...