The CommScope company has signed an agreement with Altice France for the launch of the SFR Box 8 Smart Media Device. It’s being introduced as part of Altice’s aggregation strategy.
The box features ‘far-field voice command technology’ and is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and SFR’s voice control application. In addition, a software solution developed by Wiztivi means that users can control and interact with the television through voice commands – with no need for a physical television remote control.
There’s also a connected speaker to deliver an enhanced audio experience that operates across entertainment, smart assistant and control scenarios. Subscribers can also access IPTV and OTT services through the device.
“Our SFR Box 8 will set a new standard for consumer entertainment and connected experiences in the home,” said Grégory Rabuel, Executive President for General Public and Companies at SFR. “Through our combined partnership in connected home technologies, the Smart Media Device will bring voice and media together for an unprecedented user experience.”
“The industry is experiencing the next evolution of the set-top with the Smart Media Device,” adds Joe Chow, senior vice president and segment leader, Customer Premises Equipment, CommScope. “Altice France is able to deliver a range of connected home applications to its subscribers through a single device. Now more than ever, the home is a space for easy access to immersive entertainment and assistive technologies.”
The SFR Box 8, and Smart Media Devices, are emerging as a significant area for CommScope. The technology will be demonstrated at IBC 2019 this weekend (September 13-17).
IBC 2019 Stand 1.B19