MobiTV deal gives Echostar new Android box

MobiTV, the mobile and video-on-demand tech specialist, is to partner with set-top box maker Echostar and semiconductor manufacturer Marvell on a new Android-powered set-top box, the two firms announced at UBC today.

Echostar set-top boxes will now integrate MobiTV’s digital rights management agent and media player, using Marvell’s Armada 1500 family of HD media processors.

MobiTV CEO Charlie Nooney said the lightweight Android set-top box would be “crucial to the next evolution of true TV everywhere in and out of the home”.

He said: “Our efforts with Marvell and EchoStar enable delivery of secure, premium content via the latest Android set-top boxes. By providing a comprehensive, integrated set-top box solution, we are helping cable, satellite and broadband providers decrease their time-to-market and capitalise on emerging multiscreen revenue opportunities”.

EchoStar Technologies president Mark Jackson added: “By integrating MobiTV’s DRM solution on a deeper layer, we’re able to provide our customers superior security assurance, while also delivering an optimal digital viewing experience with minimal upfront costs.”

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