Hong Kong’s Now TV launches Android TV STB

Hong Kong Telecom (HKT)-owned Now TV has announced the launch of a new Android TV-powered set-top box. 

The Now H1 STB runs on Android TV, and presents customers with a new way to watch series and movies from the operator. The device features Google Assistant, and a microphone with an in-built microphone which will recognise both English and Cantonese. 

From a viewing perspective, Now H1 offers access to Google Play and all the apps contained therein. The device comes pre-loaded with apps including: HBO GO, ViuTV, Viu, Da Vinci Kids, Netflix, Red Bull TV, Bloomberg and Deutsche Welle.

Now TV also promises smart device control via Google Assistant, with customers capable of controlling their lights, air-conditioner and other smart home devices from the comfort of their sofa. 

The device is offered to customers for HK$48 a month, with a 24-month commitment period.

Derek Choi, managing director of HKT Home, said: “We are thrilled to introduce Now H1, the all-in-one home companion, to families in Hong Kong. Integrated with Google Assistant, Now H1 takes home entertainment to the next level. Viewers are able to operate the box and discover Now TV content using Google Assistant in English as well as our local language, Cantonese. 

“Furthermore, we are integrating popular apps from around the world with Now H1, allowing customers to access home entertainment using the same box without switching between devices and accounts. Customers can also enjoy the added convenience brought by connected smart devices.”

Michael Yue, general manager of Sales & Operations of Google Hong Kong, said, “We are excited to collaborate with HKT to combine Android TV with its new Now H1 device, providing a smart entertainment experience that the whole family can enjoy. In addition to the robust content library from Google Play, with Google Assistant built into Now H1 with Android TV, people can easily discover the Now TV content library and control smart home devices using a simple voice command. We look forward to more innovations with developers and ecosystem players that build for the big screen.”

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