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 middleware 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)
  • LG
  • NVIDIA (Shield TV Console)
  • Philips
  • RCA
  • Sharp
  • Skyworth
  • Sony
  • TCL/Thomson
  • Technicolor[2]
  • Toshiba
  • Westinghouse
  • Xiaomi (Mi Box)
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.[3][4]
Fire TV Amazon
  • Westinghouse
  • Element
  • Insignia
  • Grundig
  • Toshiba[5]
Firefox OS for TV, My Home Screen 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. [6] 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[7][8]
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.[9] Its development stopped in 2013[10] 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
HbbTV-compliant
Inview Inview Technology Ltd
  • Digifusion
  • Thomson
  • Sony
Connects an ordinary TV (or set-top box) to get IPTV.[11][12]
JRiver JRiver Runs on Windows, OSX, Linux, and Android. Features similar to Plex or Kodi. Closed source.
Kodi Entertainment Center (formerly XBMC / Xbox 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)[13] (Linux Foundation, Intel, AMD[14]), currently based on a derivative fork of Kodi/XBMC media center software[15][16][17][18]
Mediaroom Ericsson (formerly Microsoft) Offered by 90 operators around the world Middleware for pay-TV operators[19][20][21]
OpenTV Nagravision
  • BSkyB (UK)
  • Sky Italia (Italy)
  • Digital+ (Spain)
  • Numericable (France)
  • EchoStar (US)
Middleware for pay-TV operators
Vewd (formerly Opera TV) Vewd
  • Hisense
  • Mediatek
  • Humax
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Swisscom
  • Vestel
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 )
  • Charter Communications
  • Rogers
Middleware, presentation engine, low level adaptation, back office mediation for Tier 1 through Tier 3 pay TV operators
Roku TV [22] Roku
  • TCL
  • Sharp
  • Hisense
  • Philips
  • Sanyo
  • Element
  • JVC
  • RCA
  • Hitachi
  • Magnavox
  • Westinghouse
RDK (Reference Development Kit) RDK Management, LLC
  • Cisco
  • Humax
  • Pace
Smart TV Alliance Smart TV Alliance
  • LG
  • Panasonic (VieraConnect)
  • 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[23][24][25] based platform, with Unity Next user interface for TV.
Virtuoso RCA RCA A super buggy closed source Operation system that supports only 2.4ghz Wifi, offers apps Netflix, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pandora, Accuweather and Mirracast screen share.
Yahoo! Smart TV (formerly Yahoo! Connected TV) Yahoo!
  • Mediatek
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Trident
  • Toshiba
  • Vizio (Internet Apps Plus)
Shijiu TV Shijiu, Inc
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • TCL
  • Skyworth
  • Alibaba
  • 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 Apple TV 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.
Hisense VIDAA / VIDAA U For TV sets.
Hitachi Roku TV
Huawei/Honor HarmonyOS For TV sets.
Insignia Roku TV For TV sets.
LG webOS Smart TV Current solution for TV sets. Used on Smart TVs released after 2014.[26]
LG NetCast Former solution for TV sets. Used on Smart TVs released before 2014.[27][28][29][30][31]
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 My Home Screen For TV sets.[1]
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.[32]
Sharp Android TV For TV sets.
Sharp AQUOS NET+ Former solution for TV sets.
Sharp Roku TV For TV sets.
Sharp SmartCentral Former solution for TV sets.
Sony Android TV For TV sets.
Sony PlayStation TV with Sony Entertainment Network For PlayStation game console.[33][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. The newer TV models use the Roku TV platform
TCL Roku TV For TV sets.
TCL Smart TV 2 Former solution for TV sets.
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 Android TV For TV sets.
Westinghouse Fire TV For TV sets.
Westinghouse Roku TV For TV sets.
Westinghouse SAMBA Former solution for TV sets.
Xiaomi PatchWall based on Android For TV sets in mainland China, India, Indonesia
Xiaomi Android TV For TV sets in global markets (5ASP/5ARU)

See also[edit]

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