Over the last decade, the Android operating system has become one of the most widely used platforms across different consumer devices. While Android has seen wide success on Smartphones and tablets, its growth is not limited to those platforms. Five key drivers that attract pay-TV providers to Android set-top-box (STB) propositions are giving subscribers access to apps and services, increasing end-user engagement, exploring new monetization avenues, reducing the time to market for new STBs and decreasing churn by keeping subscribers on HDMI1 – TV input which is controlled by the operator device.
This paper will explore the pros and cons of Android in the context of STB Development projects for pay-TV operators. Furthermore, the paper will look at the difference in effort and complexity for Android TV and AOSP (Android Open Source Project) based on compliance with CDD (Compatibility Definition Document), providing insight into the commercial impact of each variant for an operator and the overall benefits vs. trade-offs.
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