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M30Q: Is mpeg Dash supported?

A: Yes, mpeg DASH is supported by the Smart STB. Please take a look at the 2017 mpeg-DASH reference stream on the compliance page in the Developer IDE for M30.

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M30Q: How can I visualize the events and the bitrate of the media player?

A: The event log and the bitrate provided by the media player runtime can be used to create a visualization of the state and performance of a playing stream. In Chapter XLI - Bitrate and Event Log in the Developer IDE, you'll get all the information you need.

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M30Q: How can I show stats about the bitrate and events?

A: The stats about the bitrate and events are the basis for their visualization. The application is divided into several files which hold the different functions. Those files are explained in detail in Part 1 of Chapter XLI.

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M30Q: I see an error while trying to install the firmware, what does it mean?

A: There are several error events that might occur during the installation process of the Smart STB.

[errors]

# download errors
900=Download failed (E900)
901=Download failed (E901)
902=Download failed (E902)
903=Download failed (E903)
904=Download failed (E904)
905=Download failed (E905)
906=Download failed (E906)
907=Download failed (E907)
908=Download failed (E908)
910=Decryption failed (E910)
911=Decryption failed (E911)
912=Decryption failed (E912)
913=Download failed (E913)
914=Download failed (E914)
915=Download failed (E915)
916=Download failed (E916)
917=Decryption failed (E917)

# verify errors
920=Verification failed (E920)
921=Verification failed (E921)
922=Verification failed (E922)

# version list errors
940=Error loading list of versions (E940)
941=Error loading list of versions (E941)
942=Error loading list of versions (E942)
943=Error loading list of versions (E943)
944=Error loading list of versions (E944)
4455=There is no update package available (E4455)

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M30Q: Is the WeatherNation TV app supported by the platform?

A: Yes, the WeatherNation TV application is supported and provides local weather forecasts tailored for you. This free and easy to use award-winning app streams live weather newscasts from certified meteorologists, provides your local weather data, local weather alerts (U.S. only) from NWS (National Weather Service) and more.
It’s weather 24/7/365. Get started and get weather aware. Get the only Weather app with live streaming and weather news stories.

The latest version of it is available through our "Smart Solutions - Web Browser runtime" page where you can find different OTT applications which you can launch on your Smart STB from within the Developer IDE.

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M30Q: Why doesn’t the event handler process the first event when the screensaver is active?

A: Please be aware that when the screensaver is active, the first key event is not processed by the eventhandler because it deactivates the screensaver first. You can find more info about the screensaver related API calls here.

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M30Q: How do I show the HTML of a tab so a video plays in the background?

A: From the navigation between tabs you’re just a few steps away from showing different videos in different tabs. These videos can have a small size, or they can be large. Take a look at Chapter XVIII - Part 2 to see how to display a video in different tabs.

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M30Q: What are the technical requirements for a playout using Verimatrix?

A: Here is some basic information for your Verimatrix setup:

Supported clients M30:
ViewRight IPTV: 3.7.0.0
ViewRight WebClient: 4.1.1.0

Required information for the integration

  • ViewRight IPTV or ViewRight Web (OTT)
    • (Important information as the player component needs to load the correct library. This can be configured in the hybridset.txt)
  • VCAS Server (VCAS rev. number needs to be higher than client rev. number)
  • Server URL
  • Server PORT
  • VMX reference streams
  • How did you verify that the encryption works properly?

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M30Q: What are STB/Tuner class API calls and where can I find them?

A: The storage class API calls take care of the storage capabilities of the Smart STB, as the name already indicates. To see all available API calls, please visit the Developer IDE and take a look at the "STB/Tuner class API extension".

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M30Q: How do I store the events provided by the Media Player runtime?

A: In the example of "Chapter XLI - Bitrate and Event Log" all our events are stored in a database, which is a sqlite3 database. Those events are used for the visualization later on. Learn how the events are stored in Part 2 of this chapter.

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M30Q: How do I visualize the media player events to show a diagram?

A: As you might have learned in the previous parts, all the events are stored in a database. Part 3 of Chapter XLI now shows you how to use these events to actually show them in a diagram. All details are documented - take a look at it now.

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M30Q: Is there a “Developer IDE” for the M35 platform?

A: No, there is no dedicated Developer IDE for M35 available. The content in the M30 Developer IDE is also valid for M35, so please visit the: Developer IDE for M30

Please register here.

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M30Q: What do I need to consider when using passthrough for a Dolby Digital (Plus) signal to an audio receiver with an FSI that does not include the Dolby Digital library?

A: There are 2 cases you need to consider, Dolby Audio Passthrough via HDMI and via S/PDIF.

1. Dolby Audio Passthrough via HMDI
Dolby Digital (commonly abbreviated as DD or AC-3) signal passthrough via HDMI works for all HDMI devices. Dolby Digital Plus (commonly abbreviated as DD+ or E-AC-3, or EC-3) signal passthrough via HDMI works only when the sender and receiver are connected via HDMI v1.3 or greater. Whether the original DD signal or DD+ signal can be played back correctly, depends on the HDMI receiver Dolby Digital playback ability.

2. Dolby Audio Passthrough via S/PDIF
Dolby Digital (commonly abbreviated as DD or AC-3) signal passthrough via S/PDIF works. Dolby Digital Plus (commonly abbreviated as DD+ or E-AC-3, or EC-3) signal passthrough via S/PDIF does not work. Whether the original DD signal can be played back correctly, depends on the S/PDIF receiver Dolby Digital playback ability.

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M30Q: What are the branding options for the Smart STB?

A: There are several branding options for the Smart STB. For further details, please see "Step by Step" in the "Read First" chapter. Make sure you click on the tab "Step 5 - Your Golden Sample" to get all the info about the branding options. Look for "Branding process description".

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M30Q: Is there a reference stream available for mpeg-DASH?

A: Yes, please take a look at the 2017 mpeg-DASH reference stream on the compliance page.

Filter: ABOX42 Showcases M20 mpeg-DASH

M30Q: What is the “One FSI for multiple Operators” solution?

A: If you are, for example, a middleware provider that has multiple customers, you can safe time and money with this solution. Especially when your customers are smaller operators, the costs of providing a completely individual firmware are quite high and therefore not justifiable. Here, the "One FSI for multiple Operators" provides a great solution where several parts of the FSI are brandable on software level, all according to requirements of your customer. That makes it possible to have only one firmware for multiple operators while cutting down costs and efforts. Please read on in the referring chapter of the IDE.

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M30Q: Can I brand my firmware individually for different clients?

A: Yes, but it requires the "One FSI for multiple Operators" solution by ABOX42. For further information and a better understanding, please take a look at Chapter XLV.

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M30Q: Does the platform support “Swipe to TV”?

A: Yes, Swipe to TV is available for the M30 platform. In Chapter XLIV we show you how to pair second screen applications to a first screen application utilizing the ABOX42 Smart Set-Top Box Platform.

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M30Q: Is there an application example for the Swipe to TV feature?

A: In a dedicated chapter of the Developer IDE we show how to pair second screen applications to a first screen application utilizing the ABOX42 Smart Set-Top Box Platform. After the pairing is done the applications can exchange data and one real world example is opening the content you are currently watching on your smartphone directly to the TV screen. You can find the resources to download at the bottom of the summary page.

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