SmartLabs LLC enables
Picture-in-Picture on Amino's AmiNET110 IP STBs
Other Topics: Mobile
August 10, 2009
Using innovative SmartTUBE UI client applications, IPTV service
providers can deliver popular and comfortable PiP service to
AmiNET110 installed base
Moscow, Russia -- SmartLabs LLC announced today the availability of
the popular Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature for service providers
who use the company's SmartTUBE UI client applications to deliver
IPTV services to subscribers with AmiNET110 IP STBs from Amino
PiP has been a popular feature on
digital TV screens for several years but until now has not been
widely available for IPTV subscribers. Demand of the feature - which
allows viewers to watch another channel at the same time as viewing
their selected channel - is increasing, according to SmartLabs LLC.
Viewers often use PiP when waiting for a movie or sports event to
begin, or to watch two shows or sports events transmitted
Many new generation STBs have built-in capability to decode two
separate transport streams, which means that supporting PiP can be
simply enabled at the software level. STBs like AmiNET110 only has a
single chip so SmartTUBE UI client applications use a specific
software component to decode the second stream using general CPU
This innovative approach to client applications means that adding
PiP feature to such IP STBs is now straightforward, making user
interface with PiP navigation fast and easy for IPTV subscribers.
With this technological breakthrough, almost all STBs using
SmartTUBE UI client application can enable the PiP feature.
"We are always committed to deliver new interactive services to our
existing and new customers," said Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs
LLC. " PiP is a popular and useful feature for all subscribers, and
increases the overall quality of interactive TV experience and
differentiates IPTV service providers from competitors."
Amino Communications Chief Technical Officer Dominique Le Foll said
"The AmiNET 110 is one of the world's most widely deployed IPTV STBs
and it's great to see SmartLabs innovating in this way to improve
product functionality and the end user experience. As an independent
company we place a great deal of emphasis on developing and working
with a broad and deep eco-system - and this kind of development is
testimony to the added value this brings to what we collectively
deliver to our customers."
SmartTUBE UI client applications
are based on available IPTV industry standards and universal
cross-platform graphical engine, QT for Embedded Linux from Nokia,
which supports a wide range of client devices, i.e. STBs, mobile
multimedia devices, digital players, communicators, mobile phones,
PCs, etc. They have a long list of instruments for building user
interfaces from prebuilt components with 2D and 3D functionality,
and they also have instruments to create new interface elements
which immediately become available for all types of client devices
where UI application might be installed.
SmartTUBE UI applications support
a wide range of existing chipsets for digital TV STBs. It means
that, once created, the UI applications might be easily moved to any
new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to
build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, satellite, etc.) assuming that
subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways
they have to access services.
About SmartLabs LLC
SmartLabs LLC is a leader in
service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television
(IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client
applications and user interfaces for STBs.
SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG
(Inline Technologies Group) holding group of companies. For
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SmartLabs LLC on stand 332 in IPTV Zone at IBC2009 for more
About Amino Communications
Amino specializes in digital entertainment solutions for IPTV,
Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution. Amino's range of
software and set-top box systems can be tailored for telecom,
broadcast and hospitality firms to offer highly scalable and
targeted services. The award-winning AmiNETT and Mood range is used
by leading service operators in over 80 countries.
Amino's 'AssetHouse' technology
opens the door for content producers, telecoms companies,
broadcasters and web TV firms to maximize opportunities through
better services, targeted content and greater choice. It takes IPTV
to the next level by allowing clients such as BT Vision to think
like retailers and package, personalize and refresh extra
revenue-generating services to viewers. Amino Communications and
AssetHouse are wholly owned subsidiaries of Amino Technologies PLC.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is
based near Cambridge, UK, with offices in the US, China and Sweden.
PR contacts for Amino: Kate Cartmell, T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100,
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