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TV browser supports Flash 7, Linux devices

Apr 13, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Oregan Networks has updated its clean-room Flash renderer for non-PC devices, adding support for Flash 7.0 content. The renderer is part of Oregan's “Media Browser,” a standards-based “user-interface engine” optimized for television displays, and targeting gaming consoles, set-top boxes, and IPTVs, as well as 3G and WiFi-enabled mobile handsets.

Oregan describes key features of its clean-room Macromedia Flash content player as follows:

  • Flash 7.0 content rendering
  • ActionScript 2.0 support
  • JavaScript to ActionScript control API
  • Highly optimized integer-based code for maximum performance on embedded platforms
  • Footprint — 500 KB

The player is part of Oregan's Media Browser, which supports NTSC, PAL, and SECAM TV displays, and is user-configurable for 16:9 widescreen and high-definition hardware. Oregan says the Browser adheres to open standards published by the W3C, UPnP Forum, and IETF (Internet engineering task force), including:

  • HTML 4.01
  • CSS-2
  • CSS-TV
  • DOM-2
  • XML
  • JavaScript 1.5
  • I-Frames
  • SSL 3.0 128-bit encryption

Additionally, an available DLNA module supports home media distribution standards from the Digital Living Network Alliance.

Along with its Media Browser, Oregan offers a variety of XML-based feed services, including EPGs (electronic program guides), RSS news feeds, Internet radio, weather, stocks, recipes, shopping, and so on.

XML services screenshots

Oregan VP of marketing Milya Timergaleyeva stated, “Oregan aims to continuously develop support for Macromedia's latest rich media formats.”

The company says its Media Browser was licensed by Sony for use in a PlayStation 2 user interface element that lets customers in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) markets access a walled-garden online network. The Browser was also ported to the PSP (Playstation Portable), Oregan says.


The Media Browser and Flash renderer is available for half a dozen architectures under Linux, according to the company. A Nucleus port for a Cirrus chip is also available, and the Browser additionally offers limited functionality under Windows and Windows CE.

Macromedia's Flash player is also available for use in devices, with low-volume embedded Linux licensing available from California Software Company and from Vibren.

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