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New APP provides “Empower Surge” for Android set-top boxes
October 11, 2014
VBox Communications Android App Brings Live TV, Recording and Program Guide over IP to Android STBs
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – September 11, 2014 – VBox Communications, the pioneer of live TV streaming to connected devices in the home, announced today the unveiling of a new app for Android set-top boxes at IBC. The app, which brings live TV in full broadcast quality and recording capabilities to Android set-top boxes, is available for free download from the Android play store.
The app is compatible with VBox Communications’ TV Gateway, which receives broadcast TV signals from terrestrial, cable and satellite sources and converts them to IP at the consumer’s home. The device then simultaneously streams multiple high quality broadcast TV channels across the home network to any connected (UPnP) device, such as a Smart TV, tablet, PC, Mac, smartphone, Android set-top box, game console, iPhone and iPad. Additionally, the Gateway serves as a whole-house-DVR/PVR and allows users to record live HDTV on removable or network storage.
“Android set-top boxes are quickly becoming the most common media players for TVs, but they are only used for OTT (Internet) content, and users need an additional set-top box to enjoy broadcast TV,” said Amir Aharonovich, VP of Marketing for VBox Communications. “Instead of toggling back and forth between Netflix movies on an Android box and the evening news on a STB, our solution brings broadcast TV and OTT together. We empower viewers by enabling them to enjoy their favorite TV shows as they air, and access their OTT content from the same box. We also upgrade the Android box with full STB functionality, including a full program guide and DVR recording.”
The app enables viewers to watch live TV directly from the Android set-top box without the need for an additional TV receiver. Viewers can easily control the app via any Android box remote control with five buttons or more. Additionally, the new app also supports hardware acceleration which allows users to watch Full HD channels on their Android box without hardware decoding.
VBox Communications will be showcasing the new application at IBC 2014 – Hall 3 in Booth B20 on September 12-16.
About VBox Communications
VBox Communications’ family of TV Gateways enhances the TV watching experience by bringing live and recorded TV to all connected devices in the home. VBox Communications has been developing quality digital TV broadcast equipment for leading broadcast providers, enterprises, governments and customers worldwide since 2001. For more information, visit https://www.vboxcomm.com/retail.html. Follow us on Twitter: @VBoxComm. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vboxcomm.