Android DVB Integration

OBS has integrated the DTVKit DVB stack with the Android TV Input Framework (TIF), enabling manufacturers to offer traditional broadcast content together with the wide range of Apps and IP services supported by Android today. The integration is compatible with all versions of Android that support the TIF, and enables manufacturers to leverage the standard features of Android when developing their product.

TV Input Framework

The Android TV Input Framework (TIF), is a part of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and provides a mechanism to integrate of 3rd party TV services with Android. To integrate DTVKit’s DVB stack with the TIF, OBS has developed a high level interface API which enables the DVB stack to be presented as a service within Android via the Binder IPC mechanism. Use of Binder ensures that the DTVKit integration is compatible with Android’s security architecture, and also means the integration should work with future releases of Android as long as TIF support is maintained.

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Supported Features

The DTVKit Android integration supports zapper level functionality, which can be easily demonstrated using the standard Android Live Channels App. The following features are supported via the App:

  • DVB-T Automatic scan
  • Full EPG with programme information
  • Channel Up/Down, tune to service
  • Audio track selection
  • Subtitles On/Off
  • Parental Control

Availability and Support

OBS has donated the Android DVB stack integration to the DTVKit community and it is now available to members. Non-DTVKit members are able to license the solution directly from OBS, subject to the agreement of commercial terms. OBS is also available to provide support, consultancy, and development services to help manufacturers bring their Android DVB products to market.


OBS is looking to further expand the DTVKit Android integration in the following areas:

  • PVR
  • Conditional Access
  • Common Interface Plus
  • MHEG
  • HbbTV

If you are interested in any of these items, or for more information generally, please contact:

“The contributions and support that OBS has given DTVKit have played a major part in the continued success of DTVKit. Offering significant and direct benefit to our members.”

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