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Xperi extends Vewd OpX for TV operators

Xperi Holding Corporation used its presence at the just-concluded IBC 2022 to launch its Vewd OpX for Android TV Operator Tier – a new version of a cloud-managed carrier-grade set-top box (STB) that integrates services pay TV with OTT content.

Now the product is available as a custom launcher and TV app for Android TV Operator Tier set-top boxes.

The product has been successfully deployed by the US operator Evoca for delivering its NEXTGEN TV service, making it the first Android TV Operator Tier launcher on an ATSC 3.0 platform. Vewd OpX continues to be available for global carriers and hybrid TV applications leveraging European broadcast standards such as HbbTV as well, and this latest expansion shows the continued growth of the product.

“Android TV is growing in popularity as an operating system for pay-TV set-top boxes, and with this new implementation, we’re excited to make it easier for operators to navigate the Android TV world,” said Sascha Prüter, SVP/Product Management at Vewd. “Evoca has been a valued customer since 2021, when Vewd OpX was deployed on Evoca’s Scout receiver. This latest deployment on Android TV demonstrates the flexibility of Vewd OpX by enabling operators to deliver a consistent user experience across all platforms. operating system forms and manage all variants through a unified cloud management system.

In addition to using Vewd OpX to deliver pay-TV experiences on Android TV, Evoca takes advantage of the device management tools offered by Xperi to remotely configure its set-top boxes in the field and to provide software updates to deployed devices. “With the integrated solution, Evoca can deliver a fully managed NEXTGEN TV experience, including ATSC 3.0 broadcast and broadband channels, OTT services and applications, VOD content, and cloud recording services,” says Xperi.

Vewd OpX is based on a set of UX modules including Home Screen, Live TV, Guide, First Time Setup and Settings. On Android TV Operator Tier, Vewd OpX can be used as a custom launcher, TV app, and to customize the standard Android TV setup wizard. The Vewd OpX framework can be customized by operators to create a specific experience, including branding, configuration, custom views, and special integrations.