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Zattoo extends 1&1 IPTV by 4K TV stick via Android TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Zattoo presents its end-to-end white-label IPTV platform extended by Android TV live at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam and shows the new 1&1 TV stick for the first time at its booth G06 in hall 14.

Custom launcher technology from the Android TV Operator Tier will be used to expand the Zattoo IPTV platform. Thanks to this pre-configured control software, users like German internet service provider 1&1 can customise the selection of pre-installed Android applications and add their own apps.

Android TV apps available on the new 4K TV stick include the Google Search Assistant, YouTube and Google Play Movies. The stick complements the existing applications and devices for 1&1 Digital TV.

“We are very pleased that 1&1 is the first B2B customer with Android TV to be live on a 4K-enabled stick,” said Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B at Zattoo. “For 1&1 as well as for the end customers, this is a great addition and expansion: more apps, 4K and the already familiar functions such as live pause, catch-up, cloud recordings – it’s a great package. And we are looking forward to the upcoming innovations we are working on with 1&1.”

Based on Zattoo’s white-label IPTV platform, 1&1 has been the first German fixed-network provider to launch an entirely cloud-based TV service for a large number of devices and platforms in 2017. In addition to the new 1&1 TV stick with Android TV, 1&1 Digital TV can be accessed via the 1&1 TV box as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, all popular browsers and Google Chromecast as well as Android TV-based Smart TVs.

Zattoo extends IPTV platform to Android TV Operator Tier

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Zattoo takes its B2B white label concept for network operators to Google’s Android TV Operator Tier programme.

The extension of the end-to-end IPTV platform will be presented live by Zattoo for the first time at IBC 2019 from September 13 to 17 in hall 14 at booth G06.

The company’s B2B customers benefit in two ways, according to Zattoo. They can introduce their own TV service and they also have the option of customising the portfolio of pre-installed applications, granting consumers direct access to apps such as Google Assistant, YouTube and Google Play Movies.

Zattoo’s TV-as-a-service approach also eliminates the time-consuming and cost-intensive investment for network operators to set up, host and manage a proprietary TV platform, underlines the service provider. They can offer a TV service under their own brand without having to invest in hardware or software.

“End customers today want access to top-quality TV services. An attractive TV and entertainment offering has therefore become a must-have for network operators,” said Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B at Zattoo. “This is where Zattoo steps in with its end-to-end service. We are very pleased to be able to offer an even better and more attractive service package, thanks to the Google Android TV operator tier programme.”

Zattoo adds Android TV Operator Tier to white label IPTV platform

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Zattoo is expanding its white label IPTV platform with an application for set-top boxes based on Android TV Operator Tier.

The new product will be presented at German trade fair ANGA COM, taking place June 4-6, 2019 in Cologne, at Zattoo’s stand R9 in hall 8.

“End customers expect a growing number of new TV functionalities these days. At the same time, the hardware is becoming increasingly complex to meet higher standards, and network operators are facing more and more security requirements,” said Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer B2B at Zattoo.

“With its Android Operator Tier solution, Zattoo is helping operators to overcome these challenges, to make the most of the resulting opportunities and stand out clearly from the competition with attractive TV content and services,” Jaeger explained the reasons for the addition of the Android TV Operator Tier.

“It offers the chance to continue consolidating our position in the important international markets. A leading European network operator will be going live with this solution for its customers very soon,” said Jaeger.

Throughout the world, a rising number of network operators is opting for set-top boxes based on Android Operator Tier as an alternative to Linux-based boxes. Zattoo now offers a fully customisable network operator application as part of its white label platform, allowing operators to offer TV services under their own brand without having to invest in their own hardware or software.

Samsung to add direct HD+ access to TV sets

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Samsung will offer integrated access to German DTH satellite platform HD+ on all new QLED and Ultra HD TV sets sold in Germany from the end of March 2019.

With the solution, viewers don’t need additional hardware such as a set-top box, CI+ module or TVkey or a smartcard to receive the subscription platform offered by Astra satellite operator SES.

Two weeks ago, HD+ already announced a corresponding cooperation with Panasonic. With Samsung joining, almost every second Ultra HD TV set sold in Germany will have HD+ embedded in future.

The TV channels are received through the TV set’s integrated satellite tuner via Astra (19.2° East). The HD+ channels are decrypted by a conditional access and digital rights management system integrated into the TV sets. To activate and validate access, the TV set must be connected to the internet.

Significantly, if the buyer of the new TV set opts for HD+ during the initial installation, the TV manufacturer’s portal does not appear when the device is switched on, but the electronic programme guide from HD+ (see image).

The technical basis is the HbbTV Operator App (HbbTV OpApp) which enables platform operators to apply their own user interface to TV sets and set-top boxes. Third-party offers and apps remain available on the TV set when the HD+ option is selected, for example Sky Deutschland, Netflix or maxdome.

Users of the direct access will also be able to use additional functions such as ‘instant restart’ and direct access to catch-up TV services.

As with Panasonic, buyers of Samsung’s TV sets will be able to test HD+ for 6 months free of charge and without obligation. After the free period, the regular monthly price of €5.75 applies.