French cable operator Numéricable is poised to launch a new set-top box for its customers on January 10. Called the One Power Box, the new device should compete head-on with the Neufbox Evolution and Freebox Révolution for IPTV.
Details of the new box remain sketchy, but French online news service Univers Freebox gives a few details, which indicate the One Power Box is Numéricable’s answer to Liberty Global’s Horizon set-top.
The website said the One Power Box will contain a DOCSIS 3.0 modem capable of broadband speeds up to 200 Mbps. Also included are Wi-Fi and VOIP capabilities.
With regards to television, the box will contain four tuners, which can show two PIPs (picture-in-picture) on a single screen. The One Power Box also offers an ‘innovative mosaic channel’, which integrated the VOD offer.
The programmable remote control also offers a full keyboard (awerty for the French!), and apps are available for connected TV access to sites and services such as Twitter, Facebook and Dailymotion.
Also included is a hard disk of 160 GB, which can be extended to 500 GB. A Blu-ray player is also available as an option.