Interactive TV specialist Strategy & Technology has spun off a new company serving the MHEG engine market. The MHEG-5 middleware has been used on the UK’s digital terrestrial platform since the launch of On Digital in 1997. However, with costly licensing issues still surrounding the MHP middleware, operators have begun to look elsewhere. Last October New Zealand’s FreeView consortium selecting the system for its DTH satellite platform.
“Set-top box and television manufacturers are, of course, eager to explore commercial opportunities as MHEG’s reach expands. The setting up of S&T Client Systems Ltd allows us to really focus our service proposition to these customers and to work with them to expand the market,” explained David Cutts, CEO, S&T.
S&T’s MHEG engine RedKey has already been shipped in several million receivers in the UK market.