Technicolor Connected Home and Brazilian pay TV operator Sky Brasil (AT&T) have officially announced last Wednesday, July 14th, the deployment of Sky Connect, a next generation STB based on Google’s Android TV operating system, that integrates Google Assistant technology that allows subscribers in Brazil to navigate entertainment content on their TVs, and other related features. The device has already been officially launched for the company’s postpaid customers
‘This deployment represents a giant step forward in giving Brazilian subscribers greater freedom and control over their home video and entertainment experiences. STBs with far-field voice enable subscribers to control their TVs and STBs without a remote control. They will be able to talk to their devices to seamlessly switch channels and choose their favorite movies, games, music and other information resources. It will also allow them to directly interact with Google Assistant’, reported Brian Jentz, Vice President, Video Product Unit at Technicolor Connected Home.
According to information reported on various specialized websites in the country, the new STB includes a smart speaker integrated with Google Assistant, which gives answers to voice commands made remotely and allows various actions to be implemented, such as changing channels, adjusting the volume, open applications and search for content, without using the remote control.
Through an internet connection, Sky Connect allows users to download applications from the Google Play Store, including OTTs with video or music content and social networks. In addition, whoever uses the device can connect a gamepad through a Bluetooth connection to play games. The device also provides access to 4K content, and also includes a remote control with direct access to Netflix, and other features.
‘We believe Sky Connect and its far-field voice capabilities will provide an opportunity for Brazilian subscribers to enjoy an integrated digital home experience. The technology enables SKY Brasil to address current consumer needs as we anticipate emerging desires and develop plans for future services. The roll out of this STB is future evidence of our commitment to continue delivering joy and entertainment to our clients, in a complete Pay-TV experience’, reported Andre Ribeiro, Marketing Vice-President at Sky Brasil. The executive has also reported that the new STB ‘supports both satellite and IPTV broadcast along with a full suite of OTT content’.
The executive also added that the company chose an Android TV platform ‘to provide subscribers with access to the latest applications whether it is the latest video entertainment content or gaming. The Sky Connect STB provides subscribers with access to more integrated digital experiences that are supported and backed by Sky Brasil’s customer service’, he said.