Ocean Blue Software has called for a single standard for digital TV recorders (PVRs). Managing Director of Ocean Blue said that the introduction of Freeview Playback has been a step in the right direction, but that most PVRs contain proprietary software due to a lack of industry standard guidelines.
Ocean Blue would like to see a single brand across satellite, cable, and even IPTV broadcasts. Their Voyager software system is already the standard mandated middleware solution for Freeview digital TV receivers, while Sunrise is a DVB compliant suite of software that can receive analogue and digital video and audio, with Surfsoft being a Freeview Playback standard.
Could Ocean Blue be suggesting that they would offer the best software standard?
Ocean Blue Software, who specialise in digital TV software, is completing the development of software that will expand the opportunity for "red button" services by allowing set-top boxes (STBs) to connect directly to broadband.
The company is part of the DTG standards design group which is finalising MHEG-5, the system behind these interactive red button services on digital TV.