Finnish multi-play operator DNA has confirmed the availability of its open ecosystem Android TV hub, DNA TV-hubi. The device combines a set-top box, Chromecast built-in and a smart phone-style app store for TVs.
DNA TV-hubi uses the Android TV operating system, with Katsomo, Yle Areena and Ruutu, the apps of the three major TV channels in Finland, are available on the system, as well as YouTube and Deezer and a wide range of games and other apps. Netflix will also become available for the device soon.
“The pre-sales of DNA TV-hubi proved that there is a real demand for an Android TV device and a new way of watching television. We have already sold thousands of hubs in advance. People are accustomed to using apps on their phones, and DNA TV-hubi makes them easily available for television, too,” explained Mikko Saarentaus, Director at DNA Entertainment Business.
Users will be able to watch all terrestrial and DNA’s cable channels, and the device is both HD and 4K compatible. The device includes software-based encryption for pay-TV channels, which means that users will not require a separate TV card.
DNA TV-hubi is manufactured for DNA by Sagemcom.