Wyplay, the company that developed Vodafone Internet TV for the Spanish and Italian markets, has been selected by French IPTV provider SFR to collaborate with its technical team to develop the software for its next generation of HD IPTV set-top box.
With over 4 million broadband subscribers in France, SFR has decided to shake up the existing solutions in the market by proposing a revolutionary HD IP-STB solution in 2010. “We want to bring a new user experience to our customers by facilitating access, exchange, and consumption of all media; TV, internet, mobile, PC, NAS,” said Pierre-Alain Allemand, general manager Networks SFR, in a statement. “We found Wyplay to be the ideal partner to collaborate with in this adventure.” More details on the set-top box are expected before the end of the year.
“We’re especially proud to have been selected by SFR,” said Jacques Bourgninaud CEO Wyplay. “We share SFR’s craving for innovation while keeping in mind the ease of use and access to technology and services by a wide public.”
Independent, Europe-based, Wyplay provides solutions for connected TVs, media centre CE devices, HD IPTV boxes, DVB-S/C/T HD STBs, and in-home media-HDD products.
Broadband TV News has also learned that Vodafone Italy has deployed the Wyplay solution for its Vodafone TV Connect service, involving a hybrid set-top box bringing together a DVB-T tuner, internet access via dedicated widgets and access to locally stored content. The TV Connect widgets include Vodafone Calcio (football), the weather, horoscopes, information and more. The STB is available in retail under €200, with discounts available for Vodafone DSL customers.