German fibre-to-the-home (FttH) network provider Deutsche Glasfaser has selected the ABOX42 M-Series SmartSTB platform, which includes the company’s advanced DVB feature-set, to power its new ‘DGTV’ service. The service is expected to launch in October 2014 and will include around 100 SD channels, 50 HD and 100 radio channels.
It’s understood Deutsche Glasfaser is one of the first major operators to deliver a full live IPTV service using unicast technologies. “This approach enables Deutsche Glasfaser to avoid the set-up and operation of a costly and complex multicast network for its TV service,” explained ABOX42 CEO and MD Matthias Greve.
The ABOX42 technology offers Deutsche Glasfaser a modern HTML5 user interface, HLS adaptive bitrate streaming with multiple audio tracks and subtitles, HbbTV (Red Button) services, support for major German VoD services and third-party smart TV applications. Pictured: Martijn van Horssen (24i) and Matthias Greve (ABOX42).