Vewd, a provider of OTT and Hybrid TV solutions, has announced support for Broadcast Markup Language (BML) and Hybridcast in Vewd Core, the world’s most chosen Software Development Kit (SDK) for enabling streaming and hybrid TV solutions. Available for both Linux and Android, Vewd Core with BML and Hybridcast support delivers Japanese market-ready devices with a unified OTT and hybrid TV environment that reduces manufacturer time-to-market and lowers support costs.
BML and Hybridcast are essential TV standards in Japan, where they enable interactive services delivered over broadcast, including program guide information, weather forecasts, news, and interactive viewer experiences within TV programs. According to the Japanese Electronics and Information Technologies Industry Association (JEITA), nearly two million Hybridcast televisions have sold in Japan so far in 2020, with the most recent quarter showing 29% year-on-year growth.
Vewd is already the world’s leading provider of hybrid TV solutions with its award-winning Vewd Core Hybrid TV Module shipping on almost 20 million TVs each year. With BML and Hybridcast joining HbbTV and ATSC 3.0 as supported hybrid TV standards, device manufacturers can turn to Vewd to unify their hybrid TV platforms across all chipsets and operating systems, scaling from entry-level to 8K televisions or automotive infotainment systems.
“With Hybridcast growing rapidly, we believe now is the perfect time to extend our hybrid TV support to fulfil essential Japanese market requirements across key consumer device categories,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Vewd. “Manufacturers can now choose one vendor to deliver both OTT and hybrid TV support in all regions, across all operating systems, and on all major chipsets. We substantially reduce complexity, while delivering the quality and consistency trusted by the world’s leading TV manufacturers for over 15 years.”
Vewd is also extending Hybridcast and BML support to its recently-announced Vewd for Automotive platform, a white-labelled cloud-managed streaming content platform for car manufacturers and automotive infotainment systems.