Telecom Italia rolls out Android TV boxes from Technicolor

Telecom Italia (TIM) is rolling out advanced Android TV set-top boxes from Technicolor to support its TV service.

TIM will tap the capabilities of the box to provide Italian households with access to premium services offered by broadcasters and over-the-top providers, including Netflix, Amazon, Infinity, Disney+ and DAZN.

The STBs are based on Technicolor Connected Home’s JADE platform which includes Wi-Fi 6 and Android 10 as well as ready to add on accessories such as personal video recorders or far-field voice. As part of this deployment, Technicolor Connected Home will also roll out a software upgrade to enable access to new services for existing customers in TIM’s current installed base.

The box also integrates the nanoCDN technology, the mot multicast Adaptive Bit Rate (mABR) solution from Broadpeak, another established Technicolor Connected Home partner.

“The past year and a half has elevated demand for new high-end entertainment experiences in the home. To meet rising consumer expectations, Technicolor Connected Home is leveraging Android TV’s open platform to provide easy access to services offered by a growing array of content and entertainment providers. Moreover, Android TV enables network service providers (NSPs) to aggregate applications and services while providing a unified experience to subscribers,” said Mercedes Pastor, senior vice president, Eurasia, Technicolor Connected Home.

Pastor said that the deployment illustrates the importance of the long-standing relationship between Technicolor and TIM.

“Italian consumers will be able to seamlessly move from ‘live’ to ‘time-shift’ modes across TVs and mobile devices in the home without compromising the viewing experience. Multicast ABR ensures optimal QoE for live viewers by avoiding congestion and reducing latency during peak hours,” said Jacques Le Mancq, president and CEO at Broadpeak.

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