Swisscom To Launch Android Set-Top Box

ImageSet-Top Box makers Marvell issued a press release announcing that Swisscom will be the first service provider to roll out a new generation of TV Set-Top Boxes to their IPTV customers that runs an 802.11AC Android OS powered by Marvell’s ARMADA® 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform. The platform aims at cost-efficiently delivering HD video from any source in a seamless user experience. Swisscom promises the full “whatever, wherever, whenever” experience, including unlimited Catch-Up TV.

Here’s an overview of the features for the box and the platform (from the press release):

Key features of the ARMADA 1500 Plus platform:

  • Operator grade conditional access system to secure premium 1080p content served over Swisscom’s DSL/Fiber network (Verimatrix’s VCAS for IPTV and VCAS for InternetTV) for LiveTV, VoD and CatchUp TV use cases
  • Premier viewing experience with industry-leading FCC (Fast Channel Change) algorithms
  • Network PVR with Local Timeshift buffer
  • Playready DRM and Smooth Streaming for certain VOD services
  • Marvell’s advanced Avastar 88W8897 combining 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi solution with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) supporting HOGP for an advanced remote controller for the STB

Key features of the Swisscom TV 2.0 Android IPTV Set-top box:

  • Seven day replay on over 250 channels
  • Record any number of programmes in parallel in the cloud
  • Home TV screen featuring full Teleclub on-demand range, with a personalized recommendation engine
  • App store presenting more than 50 popular Apps

Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 chip is already being used in Google TV.

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