Echostar announces Android play for IP STB

(RapidTVNews) Digital TV connected device solutions provider Echostar has made good on its promise to use IBC 2011 as a launch pad for advanced devices.

The firm has unveiled a new IP set-top box (STB) designed to enable operators to use IP to extend services further inside the home network.

The new HDX-200 is engineered to provide the interface between an IP network and a consumer’s TV screen and is designed to appeal to over-the-top (OTT) entertainment providers, digital TV operators – who wish to deploy hybrid IP solutions – and telco, broadband or IPTV operators.

In addition to supporting connected home applications, the universal IP set-top box (STB) offers a platform for delivering high value applications and services.

Amongst the software options offered by the new device is support for the Android operating system (OS). It is said to ship with secure processor technology that ensures the secure delivery of content and services.

Explained Rhod Williams, General Manager at EchoStar Europe: “The objective was to develop a flexible, cost effective and universal IP product that can suit a number of applications in the field. 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.”

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