Sky Brasil taps Technicolor for advanced Android TV box

Brazilian pay TV operator Sky Brasil has turned to Technicolor Connected Home to supply its new Android TV-based Sky Connect set-top box with Google Assistant far-field voice technology on board.

Google’s far-field voice will allow subscribers to navigate entertainment content on their TVs using voice commands.

According to Technicolor Connected Home, Sky Connect is a new multifunctional device that accommodates a full range of digital experiences including viewing in high dynamic range (HDR) during live events.

The box is built on the Android TV platform and is a hybrid device that supports an array of broadband access technologies.

“This deployment represents a giant step forward in giving Brazilian subscribers greater freedom and control over their home video and entertainment experiences. STBs with far-field voice enable subscribers to control their TVs and STBs without a remote control. They will be able to talk to their devices to seamlessly switch channels and choose their favourite movies, games, music and other information resources. It will also allow them to directly interact with Google Assistant. Technicolor Connected Home and Sky Brasil have teamed up to develop the most integrated Android TV STB in the market. It supports both satellite and IPTV broadcast along with a full suite of OTT content,” says Brian Jentz, Vice President of the Video Product Unit at Technicolor.

“We believe Sky Connect and its far-field voice capabilities will provide an opportunity for Brazilian subscribers to enjoy an integrated digital home experience. The technology enables Sky Brasil to address current consumer needs as we anticipate emerging desires and develop plans for future services. The roll out of this STB is future evidence of our commitment to continue delivering joy and entertainment to our clients, in a complete pay TV experience. We chose an Android TV platform to provide subscribers with access to the latest applications whether it is the latest video entertainment content or gaming. The Sky Connect STB provides subscribers with access to more integrated digital experiences that are supported and backed by Sky Brasil’s renowned customer service,” said Andre Ribeiro, marketing vice-president of Sky Brasil.

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