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A special team at BSkyB’s West London headquarters is working on a new set-top box concept, ‘Project Ethan’ which will make it easier for viewers to access programmes on any device, according to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
The newspaper says that Sky will give subscribers capacity in a ‘Sky Cloud’ service which will allow viewers to record and pause a programme on the set-top box but then continue watching on another device including tablets and smart phones, or on Smart TVs away from the living room provided the display has an Internet connection.
advanced Television.com also understands that the new set-top box is capable of handling 4K/Ultra-HDTV transmissions, likely to commence as early as the winter of 2015-2016. Project Ethan is being supervised by BSkyB’s director of product development Andrew Olsen, who only joined Sky in 2012 (from Comcast). Last year, Olsen took a Board seat at Canadian microchip developer ViXS which has a solution capable of processing 4K/Ultra HD signals.
BSkyB’s sister company Sky Deutschland has already said that it expects to start test transmissions of 4K broadcasts this coming winter.