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.

Smart TV middleware providers to multiple third parties[edit]

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

Smart TV 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

Smart TV framework platforms managed by single companies or foundations[edit]

Framework Managed by Used by Comment
Android TV Google

Asus

AT&T (DirecTV)

Bang & Olufsen

Bouygues Telecom (Bbox Miami)

CCC Mobile (Air Stick)[1]

ChannelMaster

Dish

Free/Iliad (Freebox Mini 4K)

Hisense

Grundig

LeEco (Super4 X Series)

NVIDIA (Shield TV Console)

Philips

RCA

Sharp

Skyworth

Sony

TCL/Thomson

Toshiba

Xiaomi (Mi Box)

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.[2][3]
Fire TV Amazon

Westinghouse, Element, Insignia

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. [4] 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[5][6]
Frog Wyplay SFR Used by some IPTV operators, such as SFR in France on its set-top-box
Google TV Google Asus

Hisense

LG

Logitech

Netgear

SFR

Sony

TCL

Vizio

Android based platform.[7] Its development stopped in 2013[8] 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

Pace

Sagemcom

Smit

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

Thomson

Sony

Connects an ordinary TV (or set-top box) to get IPTV.[9][10]
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)[11] (Linux Foundation, Intel, AMD[12]) currently based on a derivative fork of Kodi/XBMC media center software[13][14][15][16]
Mediaroom Ericsson (former: Microsoft) Ericsson Mediaroom TV platforms are offered by 90 operators around the world. Middleware for Pay-TV operators[17][18][19]
OpenTV Nagravision BSkyB (UK)

Sky Italia (Italy)

Digital+ (Spain)

Numericable (France)

EchoStar (USA)

Middleware for Pay-TV operators.
Vewd (formerly Opera TV) Vewd Hisense

Mediatek

Humax

Samsung

Sony

Swisscom

Vestel

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

Telefónica

NTT

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, (started out as a popular fork of the Kodi/XBMC media center software.
PowerUp Suite Zodiac Interactive Cablevision (Altice USA)

Charter Communications

Rogers

Middleware, presentation engine, low level adaptation, back office mediation for Tier 1 through Tier 3 pay TV operators
Roku TV [20] Roku Hisense

JVC

Roku

TCL

Sharp

Insignia

LG

Haier

RDK (Reference Development Kit) RDK Management, LLC Cisco

Humax

Pace

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

PlayJam

Cross-platform fork of Kodi/XBMC media center licensed to third parties and other commercial partners as OEM.
Ubuntu TV Canonical Ubuntu operating system[21][22][23] based platform, with Unity Next user interface for TV.
Yahoo! Smart TV (formerly Yahoo! Connected TV) Yahoo! Mediatek

Samsung

Sony

Trident

Toshiba

Vizio (Internet Apps Plus)

Available on some TV sets.[24]
Shijiu TV Shijiu, Inc Samsung

LG

TCL

Skyworth

Alibaba

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'.

Smart TV platforms utilized by vendors[edit]

Includes first and third-party solutions.

Vendor Platform Devices
Amazon Fire TV For Fire TV devices, including Fire TV Stick.
Apple tvOS For Apple TV devices. iOS-based, with an app store. For Apple TV generation 4 and later.
Apple Apple TV Software For AppleTV devices, generations 1 to 3. iOS-based. Initially based on Mac OS X Tiger and Front Row.
Google Chromecast For Chromecast HDMI dongles.
Haier Roku TV For TV sets.
Hisense Android TV For TV sets.
Hisense Roku TV For TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Hisense VIDAA / VIDAA U Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Hitachi Roku TV
Insigna Roku TV For TV sets.
LG webOS Smart TV Current solution for TV sets.[25]
LG NetCast Former solution for TV sets.[26][27][28][29][30]
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 Android 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 Android TV For TV sets.
Philips Net TV Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
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.[31][32][33]
Sharp Android TV For TV sets.
Sharp AQUOS NET+ Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Sharp Roku TV Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Sharp SmartCentral Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Sony Android TV For TV sets.
Sony PlayStation TV with Sony Entertainment Network For PlayStation game console.[34][35]
Sony Sony Internet TV (Sony Apps) Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform (no longer vendor specific).
TCL Android TV For TV sets.
TCL Roku TV For TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
TCL Smart TV 2 Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
TiVo TiVo For TiVo DVR box.
Toshiba Android TV For TV sets.
Toshiba Toshiba Places Former solution for TV sets. The newer TV models use the Android TV platform
Sling Media Slingbox For Slingbox set-top-boxes.
Skyworth Android TV For TV sets.
Western Digital WD TV For WD TV boxes.
Westinghouse Fire TV For TV sets.
Westinghouse SAMBA For TV sets. A very limited system with apps you cannot change.

See also[edit]

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