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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.

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.

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