Written by: Roshan Dwivedi
China’s top media watchdog unveiled an operating system for TV set-top boxes on Saturday in Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan Province, marking the government’s efforts to strengthen content management.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly released the operating system, named TV OS 2.0. The system was co-developed by the SAPPRFT along with more than 60 partners, including technology companies such as Huawei, Alibaba and ZTE, the Hunan Daily reported on Sunday.
Existing TV set-top boxes that do not run TV OS 2.0 might be banned following government promotion of the system, the Hunan Daily said.
The cooperation of leading Internet TV set-top box manufacturers such as Alibaba and Letv, in addition to collaboration with radio and television broadcasting agencies, is expected to make TV OS 2.0 unrivaled.
It is so far unclear whether Android and Yun OS – TV OS’ major competitors – will be knocked out of the market in the near future. A Beijing-based insider working for an online video on demand provider told the Global Times on condition of anonymity that this “depends on the scope of management as well as the implementation of related regulations.”
Source : ECNS