IBC 2009 – Amsterdam. Middleware developers are showcasing next generation user interfaces and 3D graphics.
OpenTV has joined NDS in the announcement of a new middleware platform. OpenTV CEO Ben Bennett said its new Core 3 represented a generational shift in middleware innovation. “With Core3, OpenTV is reasserting its commitment to operator choice by providing a unique middleware architecture that is not only the most open and modular, but also embraces the latest industry standard for application development.”
Core 3 also picks up on another industry trend by allowing third party applications. It is expected to ship in mid-2010.
NDS, which this week confirmed the deployment of the latest MediaHighway middleware with Sky Deutschland, has embraced both hybrid and multiscreen environments for part of its on-stand demonstration.
As part of the enthusiasm for improved user interfaces, Pace is showcasing a hybrid set-top box with a fully integrated 3D user interface. Operators will be able to offer increased levels of interactivity through a range of graphic enhancements and effects.
“We believe this innovation extends the boundaries of the traditional UI, bringing a truly engaging, interactive experience to consumers across both video and the internet,” said Mathias Hautefort, President of Pace France.
3D graphics capability can also be seen on the new receiver from Turkish manufacturer Airties, running on the new Broadcom BCM7413 chipset, which can be expected to find its way into a number of other manufacturers’ product
Yet the technology is not entirely new, Osmosis demonstrated its EGG 3D graphics two years ago, and the benefits remain uncertain.