Marvel and Swisscom Announce New Android TV STB

Marvell's ARMADA 1500 Ultra (PRNewsFoto/Marvell)
Marvell's ARMADA 1500 Ultra (PRNewsFoto/Marvell)

Marvel and Swisscom are not household names in the United States, but they’ve been European partners since creating an Android powered set-top box last April.

Marvel, a platform as a service (PaaS) company, and Swisscom, a European telecom provider, have partnered once again to deliver a line of set-top boxes (STB) powered by Android TV.

One of the big focuses around this new product is it’s capable of UHD (ultra-high definition) output. 2160p60 video decoding is being down completely through hardware, along with a handful of other high-powered graphics optimizations. Marvel really wants to highlight the advanced capabilities of their hardware, and UHD gaming is a perfect way to do that.

Another important focus is around secure playback. They have integrated VideoMark at a hardware level as a way to prevent piracy. There is also support for forensic watermarking by Nexguard.

The press release is scant on details. Cost, release date, and release markets are all unknown at this point. However, if you want to read it anyway, it is available on PR Newswire.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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