CES 2011 – LAS VEGAS. Cambridge based Amino Communications is to launch what it calls a “companion” set-top box aimed at network operators seeking to add OTT functionality to their established pay-TV and broadcast offerings.
The new device (the Freedom Jump) is designed to complement existing cable and satellite set-top boxes, working alongside them to offer access to the wealth of additional content available on the open Internet such as applications, movie-on-demand services, catch-up TV, music services and social networking. The box would make any TV set a connected device, working alongside the regular output of the viewer’s provider.
Based on the company’s Amino Freedom hybrid/OTT media centre, the Freedom Jump is powered by the Intel Atom processor CE4100 and MeeGo for the TV, and has been designed to support common Internet formats such as Adobe Flash together with high definition 1080p capability.
The provision of a HDMI input to connect the existing service provider’s STB to the Freedom Jump is designed to deliver a seamless entertainment experience with the operator’s existing service offering. A wireless option also enables connectivity to content from other networked devices in the home – with a further option allowing games controllers to be added via Bluetooth.
Amino CEO Andrew Burke said in a statement: “There is a real gap in the market for a powerful low cost device that works with – rather than competes against – operators’ existing pay-TV devices.
“Initial feedback from operators has been very positive. They want OTT functionality to meet changing viewing habits – and counter “cord-cutting” – but also a companion device that blends seamlessly with their own user interface and branded customer experience. The Freedom Jump minimises costly product change outs, whilst at the same time offering a new layer of content to customers.”
“The Freedom Jump is an innovative solution for service providers and their subscribers,” said Keith Wehmeyer, general manager, IPTV Segment, Intel Digital Home Group, “New applications and video services require high processor performance and an open, flexible operating environment. We’re pleased that Amino selected the Intel Atom CE4100 and MeeGo operating system to deliver the experiences for this new set top box.”