EchoStar Unveils Android-based STB

New IP set-top box enables operators to use IP to extend services further inside the home network, says company

September 9, 2011

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LONDON -- EchoStar Europe, a leading supplier of added-value, connected device solutions to the digital TV industry, announced today that it has launched a new universal IP set-top box (STB). Amongst many software options, the HDX-200 supports the Android operating system (OS) and also ships with secure processor technology ensuring that content and services can be delivered securely. The unit provides the interface between the Internet or IP network and a consumer's TV screen and as such will appeal to over-the-top (OTT) entertainment providers, digital TV operators - who wish to deploy hybrid IP solutions - and telco, broadband or IPTV operators.

Rhod Williams, General Manager at EchoStar Europe highlights the new and universal product platform. "The objective was to develop a flexible, cost effective and universal IP product that can suit a number of applications in the field," said Williams. "The HDX-200 was designed to be dual functioning - firstly, to enable over-the-top service providers to reach customers with TV centric apps and services, and secondly to be rolled out as a multi-room IP client device, allowing TV operators to extend services from a central gateway to other display devices throughout the home network."

The HDX-200 supports the Android OS including Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a WebKit-based browser. The Android community developed and highly efficient suite of application development tools is freely available and provides an extensive, scalable Internet-centric application development platform. This enables an operator to access an extensive pool of experienced and highly skilled entertainment application developers to readily support the supply engaging apps and services. This new unit is part of an extensive IP road map that offers a scalable migration path to products that support the seamless delivery of hybrid, broadband plus DVB broadcast services.

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