Category archives for: STB

Demand for iSTBs strong, especially among Millennials

According to research from The Diffusion Group, 14 per cent of broadband households currently use an Internet set-top box such as Roku or Apple TV to access OTT video content on their television. Internet set-top box use is especially prominent among Early Millennials (age 25-34) and Late Boomers (age 45-54). As noted in TDG’s report,

Lime, Amino announce Caribbean TV upgrade

Lime TV has signed a contract with Amino for them to supply enhanced set-top boxes to support the rollout of pay-TV services in the Caribbean, Lime TV delivers over 100 channels of pay-TV entertainment – plus VoD – to customers in the Cayman Islands and Barbados. The TV line-up includes a wide range of entertainment – including local and international [...]

Comcast and Apple in streaming deal?

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Apple is in talks with Comcast about a deal for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple device and express treatment on Comcast’s network to ensure QoE, according to US reports. The discussions are said to be in the early stages but the deal, if sealed, would mark a new level of cooperation and integration. Apple’s intention is to [...]

Expectations remain high for OTT TV service experiences

Connected home research by Parks Associates at TV Connect in London finds consumers expect the same TV user experience throughout their home, regardless of whether the service is offered via OTT, managed operator network, satellite, or other delivery mechanisms. Expectations also remain the same regardless of the receiving device, including set-top box or connected CE device. “While some operators might see OTT [...]

Inview gives new life to legacy STBs

According to SNL Kagan there are about 900 million pay-TV households and 250 million DTT households worldwide yet STB shipments are only 230 million per year. Since set-top boxes are only replaced, on average, every seven years, a significant portion of annual set-top box shipments goes to new subscribers. Replacement rates do vary by operator, since some encourage replacements in [...]

ZTE launches MeBox

ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has launched the ZTE MeBox, an IPTV and OTT dual-mode STB. The ZTE MeBox STB (model number ZXV10 B760E) is an embedded audio/video decoding device based on the open Android platform. It features advanced hardware architecture and an optimised H.264 video decoding algorithm, making HD video playout [...]

Magyar Telekom deploys Zenterio OS

Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, has announced that Magyar Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group subsidiary in Hungary, has deployed Zenterio Operating System on two new set-top boxes that will support both PVR and interactive, multi-room TV services. This deployment allows Magyar Telekom to develop its services for its TV subscribers in Hungary and harmonise [...]

Connected TV solution from Netgem

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Connected home entertainment market specialist Netgem has unveiled its new out-of-the-box connected TV solution, netbox360. This new entertainment video offering enables operators to bring premium linear, on-demand and OTT content and services to any screen in the home, delivering next-generation immersive experiences in a personalised, ‘lean-back’ fashion. Netgem notes that with rising consumer demand for alternatives to linear TV content [...]

HEVC-enabled STB from Dune HD

Dune HD, the specialist in full HD media players and connected set-top boxes, has unveiled its new HEVC-capable Dune HD TV-204. It says it is the leading IP set-top vendor to demonstrate HEVC compatibility publicly with the TV-204, the first cost-effective full-featured set-top box to support HEVC. According to Dune HD, HEVC-encoded content can be 50 per cent smaller than [...]

HEVC: Ready or not?

The world is about to start embracing the new HEVC compression standard in readiness for Ultra-HDTV and greater transmission efficiencies for all networks. What will this mean for consumers?  How are chipset manufacturers addressing the challenges of getting product to market?  Are set-top box manufacturers ready for these changes? How expensive will the transition be for broadcasters and viewers? Will [...]

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