Highlights of the new range of connected devices for pay TV operators from EchoStar Europe include the second generation Mercury Ultra Slim DVR, writes Ian McMurray.
This device, says EchoStar Europe, is the thinnest ‘connected’ DVR in the world. It now boasts increased hard disk drive capacity of 320GB – providing consumers with greater recording space – and HbbTV for portal services.
EchoStar is also showcasing its new Android-based STB, the HDX-200. With the vast array of Android application developers, EchoStar believes this will enable operators to embrace IP and Internet delivered services by placing a world of apps at their customers’ fingertips.
Also being showcased are various operator-centric TV Anywhere solutions including integrated SlingLoaded technology in the HDS-600RS DVR launched on the UK’s Freesat platform earlier this year, and whole home DVR solutions based on DLNA.
Visitors are also getting a sneak preview of Move Networks’ (now part of EchoStar Corporation) IP contact delivery platform – featuring adaptive bitrate technology – that is set to enhance the delivery of IP-delivered services across both managed and unmanaged networks.