Foxtel turns to Commscope for next-gen set-top box launch

Australian TV operator Foxtel has partnered with Commscope to launch its new iQ5 streaming set-top box.

The iQ5 STB offers access to over 50,000 hours of content in 4K UHD. Its stacked design features a detachable 1TB hard drive, and access to streaming apps including including Netflix, YouTube, ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Amazon Prime, Vevo and coming soon to the Foxtel platform, Paramount+ and 10Play.

Commscope has provided Foxtel with a fully managed service to design, develop, and deploy its flagship set top box software for iQ5. It also leans on Commscope’s ECO Service Management Solutions for device automation. 

Phil Cardy, Vice President, International PLM, Home Networks, CommScope, said: “CommScope worked closely together with Foxtel to bring the iQ5 to fruition. The success of the iQ5 launch is a testament to the ability of both CommScope and Foxtel leveraging each other’s expertise. Even during these difficult times, CommScope and Foxtel were able to leverage a global team, including a local presence in Australia, to create a highly effective development project.”

Nick Dandy, Group Director of Product Innovation, Foxtel, said: “CommScope has been a valued and long-time strategic partner and has been instrumental in delivering truly innovative set-top platforms for our subscribers. At Foxtel, we’re always looking for ways to disrupt through technological advancements and the launch of the iQ5 marks a huge milestone for the future of streaming at Foxtel. We are thrilled with the level of innovation CommScope’s Professional Services team has brought to this award-winning product.”

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