Following several months of beta-testing, Dutch cabler VodafoneZiggo has now launched the new cloud-based Mediabox Next, and is dropping the ‘old’ Horizon set-top box, which is called Mediabox XL in the Netherlands.
The new set-top will be delivered to all customers who buy one of the two top-tier subscriptions, Alles-in-1 Max and Alles-in-1 Complete. Mediabox Next is the cabler’s new 4k Ultra HD STB based on Liberty Global’s Horizon EOS 4-platform.
Liberty Global unveiled its next-generation TV entertainment platform, Horizon 4, at the company’s annual Tech Summit in Amsterdam in September 2018. The new STB features 4k, cloud PVR and voice control.
The new STB gives access ccess to linear TV, Replay and Video on Demand; and to apps such as Netflix and YouTube – all in up to 4K Ultra HD picture quality. Recordings will be stored in the cloud rather than on a local hard drive. Customers can record up to 400 hours in the cloud.