How much support will developers get from the Alliance?
Developers will receive elaborate documentation and information on the latest Smart TV Alliance specifications and SDK. They will also have the ability to ask questions. Specific questions on the supported Smart TV platforms can be found on the Smart TV makers' developer websites.
Do the partners need to register and pay for the SDK?
Are there different levels such as gold partners? Platinum partners? With different support levels?
No, all developers are equal and have the same rights and privileges.
How do I download the SDK?
The Smart TV Alliance SDK consists of the following parts:
- Other documentation regarding the Smart TV Alliance ecosystem: guidelines and requirements, API reference and platform specification
- SDK software, a package for one of the supported operating systems
- Example Apps, which show a wide range of possibilities
The SDK runs on the following platforms:
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
- Mac OS X 10.5+ (X86/AMD64 only)
- Ubuntu 10+
- Linux (generic)
For more information, and to download the SDK, please register here.
How will the solutions be tested on the platform? Will there be a certification from the Alliance?
Once applications are built using the Smart TV Alliance SDK, the party needs to submit the application to each member individually. All the information for App submission can be found on the website, including references to the support Smart TV Makers' developer websites.
How does this initiative relate to other standards?
The Smart TV Alliance will not develop its own or new standards, but only chooses and profiles technologies already available and/or standardized elsewhere.
Other standards for connect TV exist (HbbTV, OIPF, ITU). Smart TV Alliance only adds to the confusion?
We see a logical link between several of these technologies, each aimed at different segments of the app developer market and providing complementary user experiences
OIPF: managed networks, guaranteed picture quality and high standards of operations and reliability
HbbTV: focus to extend the broadcast experience to interactive and multiscreen experiences, while also adding video and other OTT based services
The Smart TV Alliance now creates a platform for the highly innovative group of app developers that, previously, focused on PCs, tablets and smartphones
Our overall aim is to create and maintain a common core between these standards, where OIPF may be more at the standard setting side, while latest innovation can be quickly adapted by the Smart TV Alliance.
For more information, and to download the SDK, please visit the SDK section of our website.