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:
Freeview - UK
Freeview – Australia
Freeview – New Zealand
TVB - Hong Kong
SaorView - Ireland
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.