Following similar successful projects with both Sky UK and Sky Italia, advanced wireless and OTT/IPTV technology specialist AirTies Wireless Networks has confirmed that it is supplying its Wireless Connector SC201 to Sky Deutschland. This gives German customers the opportunity to stream content from the Sky Anytime service to the Sky+ HD Set Top Box over Wi-Fi.
Sky Deutschland originally launched Sky Anytime in August 2011 giving subscribers free on demand access to selected movies and TV series, as well as a variety of top quality entertainment and sports programmes. This content is automatically pushed to the customer’s STB hard disk overnight via the satellite or cable signal.
Subsequently in December 2014, Sky Deutschland made the Sky Anytime service available over the Internet as well, unlocking up to six times more content than before. However, since connection of the Sky+ HD PVR to the customer’s broadband router by Ethernet cable is often inconvenient for the average end-user, Sky Deutschland wanted to have a wireless option.
The Wireless Connector SC201 creates a simple wireless connection between the set-top box and the Broadband Router, eliminating the need for an Ethernet cable or any other wired link between them.
“AirTies has a proven solution that has been successfully deployed in large volumes with other Tier 1 operators. The AirTies solution achieves the right balance between performance, reliability and cost, making it a very desirable product for pay-TV operators, who are keen to improve access to their content whilst enhancing customer satisfaction and retention.” said Philippe Alcaras, CEO, AirTies.