updated 05:56 pm EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
New 2.5 version of the SDK expected soon, supporting 4k, HTML5
Smart TV Alliance announced today the next step in its evolution with the launch of a Developer Support Program, enabling application developers to submit Smart TV applications to a single integrated QA process to port applications across Alliance-compliant Smart TVs. The Alliance is also releasing a new software development kit (SDK 2.5) that will enable multi-screen application development and has announced nine new manufacturers and solution providers who have joined the Alliance to further support cross-platform Smart TV applications and services.
The upcoming SDK 2.5 enables multi-screen interactivity between mobile applications and version 2.5-compliant Smart TVs from LG, TP Vision, Toshiba and Panasonic. The Smart TV Alliance will also be releasing Specification 3.0 that includes HTML5 updates, Ultra HD and support for Smart Home features. Developers can find these resources on a newly-updated developer portal that offers step-by-step assistance for application development.
Since its launch in 2012 with the founding three members of LG Electronics, TP Vision and Toshiba, Smart TV Alliance has shown consistent growth and is now comprised of 19 members across a variety of market segments with the addition of new Sponsor members Vestel and Xumo, as well as members Warner Brothers, Dolby, Opera Software, Realtek, Arcelik A.S., FPT Software and TPV Group. The new members join the founding members and current members Panasonic, ABOX42, IBM, Obigo, Qualcomm, Technisat and Yume to form a coalition that continues to drive the evolution of the Smart TV.