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Nagra teams up with Realtek Semiconductor and Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric for next-gen Android TV

Taiwanese chipset provider Realtek Semiconductor Corp and China’s Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric, a manufacturer of digital TV equipment and connected home solutions, have joined TV technology outfit Nagra’s Android TV Fast Track programme.

Nagra said that the partnership will enable the creation of a joint Android TV streaming solution and hybrid OTT Android TV based services for pay TV cable operators.

According to the Swiss tech company, the solution will be one of the first in the industry to support the new Android 10 Operating System. a requirement for all Android TV based set-top boxes starting in 2020.

Combining Nagra security clients, the Realtek chipset and Jiuzhou set-top box, the joint offering will enable the delivery of advanced TV features in compliance with the Google MediaCas framework for Android TV deployments.

The Android Fast Track programme is designed to provide an ecosystem of technologies, partners and services to plan hybrid and OTT deployments and help operators deliver Android TV services.

“We are excited to expand our Android TV partnership programme with Realtek and Jiuzhou to deliver a new solution designed to enable fast time-to-market of Android TV based services and that is one of the first to support the new Android 10 OS. Pay TV operators now have a wide choice of options when it comes to Android TV and we’re pleased to enable that choice with solutions that support the latest features and capabilities of Android, giving pay TV operators and consumers the very best the technology has to offer, while safeguarding premium content assets from piracy,” said Maurice van Riek, SVP and head of content and asset decurity at Nagra.

“Through deep collaboration with Nagra, Realtek has successfully brought the world’s first NOCS3.2 4K set-top box solution to the market with Realtek’s RTD1611. The close cooperation among Nagra, Jiuzhou, and Realtek enabled the world’s first Nagra NOCS3.2 Android TV 10 platform, reducing integration time and costs for set-top box manufacturers and pay TV service providers. Collaborating with Nagra reinforces Realtek’s commitment to offer pay TV operators the most advanced security solutions,” said Realtek’s VP and spokesman, Yee-Wei Huang.

“We are very delighted to cooperate tightly with Nagra and Realtek to enable this cost-effective and fast-time-to-market hybrid cable and OTT Android TV solution. In this rapidly changing environment, time-to-market is the key. That’s why Jiuzhou is always focusing on providing its clients with customised and effective service along with best-in-class features and reliable products to help them go to market quickly and efficiently,” said Richard Han, CTO of Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric Co., Ltd.

Separately, Nagra-owner Kudelski Group has announced a patent license agreement with streaming service provider FuboTV

“This agreement further validates the relevance of the Group’s patent portfolio to the OTT/streaming video market,” said Gilles Rapin SVP, innovation and business development at the Kudelski Group.