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Wind Hellas launches TV service with Zappware

Greek alternative telco Wind Hellas has launched its planned multi-screen TV service, Wind Vision, using technology provider Zappware’s turnkey service.

The Android TV-based service – the first such offering in Greece – which was presented by Wind Hellas chairman and CEO Nassos Zarkalis at an event yesterday, includes access to Netflix as well as domestic and international channels.

Wind Vision comprises about 60 international channels as well as domestic TV services and premium sports offering Nova Sport. Wind Vision provides two packages – a family pack without sports for €9.90 and a full package including premium sports for €24.90.

The service is available to all Wind Hellas fixed-line subscribers. The company has about 600,000 fixed customers.

The hybrid Android/Android TV receiver also includes a DVB-T/T2 tuner enabling viewers to access over the air programmes.

“Our end-users will now be able to enjoy a unique TV experience. A smooth integration of all available content in a state-of-the-art video solution is now available on all screens with Wind Vision. Users are now one click away from their favorite channel, sports game or Netflix Series. Wind Vision serves set top boxes and mobile devices in Greece from Zappware’s cloud-based back-office. We are excited to enrich our current offer with this advanced entertainment service, the first in Greece with Android TV and Netflix. We now look forward to growing our business with our new attractive household propositions,” said Hermann Riedl, chief strategy and digital transformation officer of Wind Hellas.

“Zappware was able to leverage some great opportunities that new technologies offer: firstly, in this deployment for WIND, we are combining DVB and OTT in one hybrid Android TV box. Secondly, by using Android TV, the integration of third party content from e.g. Netflix and YouTube is done in an efficient way, resulting in a great user experience. Thirdly, our Amazon AWS based cloud back-office serves the Android TV boxes as well as the mobile devices with WIND’s new multiscreen TV service. This is a very scalable, flexible and future-proof architecture. Proud to serve Wind as an end-to-end managed service provider,” said Patrick Vos, CEO of Zappware.