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Oregan launches SparQ middleware for Linux and Android TV

Digital TV software and services company Oregan has launched the latest version of its advanced set-top box client middleware solution, SparQ, aimed at legacy Linux set-top boxes and Android TV.

Oregan said that the open standards-based offering resolves the differences between the current security and performance requirements of modern-day TV services and the hardware capabilities of STBs that were deployed up to a decade ago.

SparQ is designed to let operators offer multiple over-the-top services with varied content security requirements, while allowing remote device management, analytics and quality of service monitoring.

It also includes video streaming optimisation for Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate Streaming (mABR) in conjunction with MPEG-DASH, HLS, Cloud PVR, catch-up and time-shifting, and is offered as part of Oregan’s ‘pay TV system transformation suite’.

“SparQ is a new breed of middleware that is fluid in the way it is developed, evolved and interfaced with other components within the end-to-end ecosystem,” said Mark Perry, CEO of Oregan Networks.

“The SparQ code base has been substantially refined and extended from previous versions of Oregan’s middleware, to enable operators to effectively assimilate unmanaged network content using the latest delivery standards, whilst continuing to leverage managed networks where they exist, hence differentiating in terms of quality of service, experience and convenience.”