Dish TV partners ALi Corp, Handan to launch hybrid OTT STB in India

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV has partnered with set top box (STB) manufacturer ALi Corporation and Korea’s multimedia and home entertainment devices supplier Handan to launch a hybrid STB ‘Dish Box’.

The new STB developed by the partnership will be highly connected to enable OTT (over-the-top) viewing entertainment. Dish TV India is expanding its OTT offerings by introducing Dish Connected Box to allow subscribers to enjoy both DVB TV broadcasting and OTT contents.

ALi Corp.’s secure value SoC (system on chip) was chosen due to its wide compliance with mainstream CAS (conditional access system) security features, ideal for DVB-S2 Pay TV applications. In this joint collaboration, the secure SoC was adopted as the core of the Dish Connected Box to integrate OTT Apps, developed by Handan. The integration of hardware, software, and middleware will enable subscribers to view both OTT apps and DVB-broadcasted contents.

“Set-top boxes must be able to consume multimedia contents, like TV, videos, and even radio programs broadcasted through an Internet protocol. This is the trend that TV set-top boxes must be connected. We foresee the future that set-top boxes shall consume streamed contents over various streaming protocols. Thus, we are pleased that Dish TV India Limited partners with us to develop hybrid solutions integrating WiFi connectivity and Google Widevine DRM. In fact, our SoC packs multiple features which can shorten the development time and accelerate the time-to-market process,” said ALi Corp CEO Daniel Huang.

Dish TV India COO V K Gupta stated, “As always, ALi Corp. has been a highly trusted and dedicated partner for us. We are confident that our Connected Box will change the way multimedia contents are consumed. In fact, we will work with ALi to further enrich the Connected Box through further hardware-software integration, for it to go cloud.”

“Handan is glad to take part in the joint partnership to develop the latest hybrid Connected Box. This time, we are pleased to implement OTT Apps so that subscribers will be able to view both DVB and OTT contents. We will continue our dedication to work with ALi Corp. and Dish TV India Limited to expand market penetration in India,” said Handan CEO Y. Lee.

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