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MHEG-5 Middleware, MHEG 5 Engine, MHEG Standard |Ocean Blue Software



view_video-demoaVoyager MHEG-5 Engine 

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


Ocean Blue’s MHEG-5 middleware is fully compliant to all MHEG standards as set in the latest UK 1.06 and Dbook 6.2.1/Dbook 7.


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. Ocean Blue's Voyager MHEG has been deployed over 10 million times worldwide.



Figure 1 : 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. Read the full ETSI specification. Example MHEG country profiles currently supported by Ocean Blue are:


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Freeview - UK

Freeview – Australia

Freeview – New Zealand

TVB - Hong Kong

SaorView - Ireland

South Africa


The MHEG specification is constantly evolving with new countries adopting the technology. Ocean Blue Software continually updates Voyager MHEG to ensure our customers have the latest software and functionality. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for new, up to date country profiles of MHEG.


MHEG Interaction Channel

The Interaction Channel (Return path) extensions to the MHEG standard will 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 greater forms of viewing, entertainment and richer interactive applications such as T-commerce, voting and shopping.




Figure 2 : Connected TV Services enabled by Ocean Blue's Voyager HD MHEG-5

Voyager MHEG add-on Module

Voyager can be provided as a standalone software product with a well-defined API for integration into a third party DVB stack, or customers can opt for a turnkey solution from Ocean Blue using Sunrise, our proven DVB software.






 Voyager MHEG  (422 KB)

 MHEG FAQ (230 KB)

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