MHEG-5

Voyager MHEG-5 Engine

Voyager is OBS’s DVB-based MHEG-5 middleware system, which enables interactive services (Press Red Functionality) on digital TV devices for every transmission network (DVB-T /S /C.) The red button functionality allows you to use various interactive MHEG applications broadcast with DVB digital TV services.

OBS MHEG-5 middleware is fully compliant with all MHEG standards as set in the UK 1.06 and DBook 6.2.1, Dbook 7 specifications. Voyager can be provided as a standalone software product with a well-defined API for integration into a third party DBV stack, or customers can opt for a turnkey solution from OBS, using Sunrise, our proven DVB software. MHEG-5 facilitates the delivery of interactive features such as news and weather services, home shopping, electronic programming guides (EPGs) and interactive advertising and games. The Voyager MHEG has been deployed in over 10 million units worldwide.

Voyager MHEG System Overview

MHEG HD (High-Definition)

The support for HD seeks to ensure that the best possible experience is offered to viewers. There are two parts to the MHEG-5 HD extension – one extension supports hardware that is HD display capable (graphics), and the other supports hardware that is both graphics and stream (H.264) capable.

MHEG HD Country Profiles

The ETSI MHEG standard (ES 202 184) is now the main standard from which all country profiles are generated. Each country/operator will then define their own profile to ensure that devices deployed into their market support the features used by their MHEG applications. Country profiles currently supported by OBS are:

Freeview – UK
Freeview – Australia
Freeview – New Zealand
TVB – Hong Kong
Saorview – Ireland
South Africa

MHEG Interaction Channel

The Interaction Channel (Return Path) extensions to the MHEG standard enable broadcast interactive services to be delivered via an IP connection. This will allow delivery of additional content and two-way interactivity, providing consumers with more forms of viewing, entertainment and richer interactive applications such as T-commerce, voting and shopping.

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