Vestel taps Opera for HbbTV 2.0 smart TVs

TV software provider Opera and manufacturer Vestel are teaming up to deliver HbbTV-enabled smart TV services. Opera TV’s software will be incorporated in the new line of Vestel TVs, to provide customers with Ultra HD content and interactive services based on the HbbTV 2.0 specification. According to the pair, viewers will have harmonised access to […]

Vestel to launch Android TVs and set-top boxes

Consumer electronics company Vestel has announced plans to adopt the Android TV platform for its Ultra High Definition TVs and set-top boxes. Vestel said that the new TVs and STBs will combine user-friendly TV middleware with the Android ecosystem and will feature an intelligent content search and recommendation engine. “Android is one of the fastest […]

Freeview Play on track to launch this year

Freeview Play, the new connected TV offering from free-to-view digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview is on track to launch later this year, according to Ilse Howling, managing director, connected TV, at Digital UK. Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London yesterday, Howling said that the testing was well under way on the […]

European TVs with Netflix remote buttons available this month

A number of TV and Blu-ray player manufacturers will begin marketing devices with dedicated Netflix buttons on their remote controls in Europe from this month. Manufacturers Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel have said they will sell devices with Netflix buttons in Europe. The remote controls will be included with 2015 as well as some […]

Freeview Play to launch first on Panasonic TVs

UK DTT platform Freeview has said that Panasonic will be the first electronics manufacturer to launch TVs featuring its new Freeview Play connected TV service. Panasonic will make Freeview Play available in its new 2015 line-up of Viera TVs and will launch Freeview Play recorders at a later date. Vestel will follow with a range […]

Freesat to expand Freetime presence on smart TVs

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat is to follow up the launch of its Freetime connected TV platform on Panasonic smart TVs with a further launch of the platform on Vestel-owned brands later this year as part of a strategy to expand the presence of Freetime on smart TVs, including those without satellite tuners. Vestel – […]

Freesat signs smart TV deal with Vestel

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has signed a deal with TV manufacturer Vestel to offer its Freetime service on a range of new Vestel smart TVs and set top boxes. Freetime is Freesat’s smart TV guide – which lets users scroll back through seven-days of programmes, access the on-demand services of the major UK terrestrial broadcasters […]

Zenterio and Vestel partner on Africa-targeted DVB-T2 STB

Consumer electronics provider Vestel and Swedish operating system platform maker Zenterio are partnering on a DVB-T2 set-top box that it is launching commercially in Uganda and Rwanda. The move comes ahead of a planned analogue terrestrial switch-off for much of Africa by June 2015, with DVB-T2, a system used to carry HDTV signals on terrestrial […]

Vestel to highlight Android integrated display with Beesmart middleware

Vestel has announced that it will showcase the first version of its Android integrated display with Beesmart middleware at IBC. The new display is based on the Android platform and therefore offers an environment for many popular Android applications. Vestel said the solution allows modifications and adaptations of the graphical user interface according to the […]

Vestel to debut Android set-top

Consumer electronics vendor Vestel (Stand Q9) will demo its new Android set-top box with Beesmart middleware for the first time at this week’s ANGA Cable show. The new set-top box is based on the Android platform, offering various apps available on the operating system. Beesmart’s SDK enables operators to create their own apps and the […]