List of smart TV platforms and middleware software

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The following list encompasses notable smart TV platforms and application software that are used as software framework and middleware platforms used by more than just one manufacturer.

Middleware providers to multiple third parties[edit]

For TV sets and companion boxes vendors, available under OEM license.

Framework platforms managed by standardization bodies or technology consortium[edit]

Framework Managed by Comments
HbbTV HbbTV Association An HTML5-based application framework middle-ware software platform provided by the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV association.
CE-HTML CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) As part of Web4CE.
OIPF Open IPTV Forum As of June 2014, OIPF is now part of the HbbTV Association.
Tru2way CableLabs

Framework platforms managed by single companies or foundations[edit]

Available to third parties, under OEM license.

Framework Managed by Used by Comment
Android TV Google

Bouygues Telecom (Bbox Miami)



Free/Iliad (Freebox Mini 4K)

LeEco (Super4 X Series)

NVIDIA (Shield TV Console)






Smart TV platform for TV sets and set-top-boxes. Gives access to Android apps through the Play Store.
Boxee Boxee, Inc D-Link Popular fork of the Kodi/XBMC media center software with custom graphical user interface and some proprietary application framework for apps.[1][2]
Fire TV Amazon


Smart TV platform for TV sets
Firefox OS for TV Mozilla Panasonic Panasonic's Smart TVs, including their new 4K TVs, continue to feature Mozilla's open source Firefox OS, despite Mozilla lowering its development priority on developing the operating system. [3] Panasonic is continuing to develop their fork, calling it My Home Screen while Mozilla has stated that they will continue to support and work with Panasonic[4][5]
Frog Wyplay SFR Used by some IPTV operators, such as SFR in France on its set-top-box
Google TV Google Asus









Android based platform.[6] Its development stopped in 2013[7] and it is replaced by Chromecast and Android TV.
Horizon TV Liberty Global A cross-platform platform based fork of the Kodi/XBMC media center software with proprietary middleware framework for video on demand and handling DRM for streaming cable television channels.
httvLink HTTV Kaon




An HbbTV compliant TV Operating System for Connected TV receivers, addressing all Digital TV platforms.
Inview Inview Technology Ltd Digifusion



Connects an ordinary TV (or set-top box) to get IPTV.[8][9]
Kodi Entertainment Center (formerly XBMC Media Center) XBMC Foundation Open source cross-platform media center and DVR/PVR frontend software.
MeeGo Nokia, The Linux Foundation Middleware for smart TV. Now split into Tizen, Mer, and Sailfish OS)[10] (Linux Foundation, Intel, AMD[11]) currently based on a derivative fork of Kodi/XBMC media center software[12][13][14][15]
Mediaroom Ericsson (former: Microsoft) Ericsson Mediaroom TV platforms are offered by 90 operators around the world. Middleware for Pay-TV operators[16][17][18]
OpenTV Nagravision BSkyB (UK)

Sky Italia (Italy)

Digital+ (Spain)

Numericable (France)

EchoStar (USA)

Middleware for Pay-TV operators.
Opera TV Opera Software Hisense







TV solution for operators, OEMs, and brands.
Oregan Media Browser 5 Oregan Networks British Telecom



Middleware for Pay-TV operators, deployed by large telecoms and cable operators such as BT and Telefónica on Hybrid STBs
Plex Plex, Inc Closed source cross-platform media center with proprietary streaming functionality to numerous devices, (initially started out as a popular fork of the Kodi/XBMC media center software.
Roku TV [19] Roku Hisense








RDK (Reference Development Kit) Comcast Cisco



TV solution for operators, OEMs, and brands.
Smart TV Alliance Smart TV Alliance LG

Panasonic (VierraConnect)

Philips / TP Vision

Toshiba (CloudTV)

A common SDK for TV app development and publishing for TV vendors.
ToFu Media Platform Pivos Pivos


Cross-platform fork of Kodi/XBMC media center licensed to third parties and other commercial partners as OEM.
Ubuntu TV Canonical Ubuntu operating system[20][21][22] based platform, with Unity Next user interface for TV.
Yahoo! Connected TV (formerly Yahoo! GoTV) Yahoo! Mediatek





Vizio (Internet Apps Plus)

Available on some TV sets.[23]
Shijiu TV Shijiu, Inc Samsung





and various OTT boxes

Middleware for internet TV. A cross-platform high-performance OpenGL based HTML5 engine licensed to third parties and other commercial partners as OEM. Also known as 'QCast'.

Current smart TV platforms utilized by vendors[edit]

Includes first and third-party solutions.

Vendor Platform Devices
Amazon Fire TV For Fire TV devices, including TV stick.
Apple tvOS For newer Apple TV boxes.
Apple Apple TV, running on iOS For Apple TV boxes. Initially using Front Row (software).
Google Chromecast For Chromecast HDMI dongles.
Haier Roku TV For TV sets.
Hisense Roku TV For TV sets.
Hitachi Roku TV For TV sets.
Insigna Roku TV For TV sets.
LG webOS Smart TV Current solution for TV sets.[24]
LG NetCast Former solution for TV sets.[25][26][27][28][29]
Microsoft Xbox One For Xbox One game console. More Smart TV features and TV apps expected with the Windows 10 update, that include the Windows Universal App Store.
Microsoft Xbox 360 For Xbox 360 game console, with smart TV features.
Netgear NeoTV For NeoTV streaming players.
Nvidia Nvidia Shield TV For Nvidia Shield TVs.
Panasonic Viera Cast and Viera Connect For TV sets. The newer TV models now use the Firefox OS TV platform (no longer vendor specific).
Panasonic Life+Screen For TV sets.
Philips Net TV For TV sets.
Samsung Tizen OS for TV For newer TV sets.
Samsung Samsung Smart TV (Orsay OS) Former solution for TV sets and connected Blu-ray players. Now replaced by Tizen OS.[30][31][32]
Sharp Android TV For TV sets.
Sharp AQUOS NET+ For TV sets.
Sharp Roku TV For TV sets.
Sharp SmartCentral For TV sets.
Sony Android TV For TV sets.
Sony PlayStation TV with Sony Entertainment Network For PlayStation game console.[33][34]
Sony Sony Internet TV (Sony Apps) Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models now use the Android TV platform (no longer vendor specific).
TCL Roku TV For TV sets.
TCL / Thomson Smart TV 2 For TV sets.
TiVo TiVo For TiVo DVR box.
Toshiba Toshiba Places For TV sets.[35]
Sling Media Slingbox For Slingbox set-top-boxes.
Western Digital WD TV For WD TV boxes.
Westinghouse Fire TV For TV sets.

See also[edit]


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