Liberty Global has introduced what it describes as its “greenest-ever set-top box”.
Designed in-house by engineers at Liberty Global and manufactured by Commscope, the compact, multi-faceted 4K Mini TV Box combines a high-quality customer experience and rich choice of content with extremely low power consumption and a casing that’s partially made from recycled plastic. It is available from today (August 24) in Poland on UPC Polska and will be introduced in other Liberty Global markets in due course.
Despite its small size, the box gives customers complete control over their entertainment experience by providing access to the full spectrum of content including live TV, replay TV, on demand content and access to a range of in-built OTT apps, all in crystal-clear image quality up to 4K, combined with Dolby sound. Additionally, it allows users to stream self-generated content from their phones direct to their TV and is operated by a Bluetooth-connected voice-enabled remote control.
The 4K Mini TV Box is powered by Liberty Global’s next generation TV platform, Horizon 4. It is the company’s first all-IP device, meaning that all it needs to run is a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection from a cable, fibre or mobile source. It can also run on the power from a TV’s USB input, which means it doesn’t even require access to a power socket.
The box is made from 35% recycled plastic and uses no single-use plastic in its casing. Additionally, it reduces energy consumption by 77% compared to previous set-top boxes and has a maximum power usage of under 5W, even when watching 4K content.
Liberty believes the box will make the perfect TV companion to customers taking UPC Polska’s new FTTH product, which launched earlier this month. As a result, including agreements with our fibre partners, our current reach of 3.5 million households in our UPC network will expand by an additional 1.7 million premises by 2023/24.
Commenting on the launch, Enrique Rodriguez, CTO, Liberty Global, said: “Our new 4K box is very small in size, but it packs a mighty punch, giving our customers a cutting-edge 4K viewing experience across the full spectrum of live, on-demand and streamed content. Moreover, the 4K Mini TV Box combines technological innovation with our long-standing commitment to sustainability, delivering a world-class viewing experience while reducing energy consumption and use of plastics”.
Robert Redeleanu, CEO Liberty Global, Eastern Europe, added: “At UPC Poland, customer satisfaction is paramount to us, so we are committed to delivering outstanding customer care combined with best in-class connectivity and entertainment, anytime and anywhere. I am thrilled that Poland is the first country within Liberty Global to launch the new 4K Mini TV Box, and confident it will help us further enhance our unique customer experience. As we bring new innovations to our millions of customers and new premises, we are well on top of the convergence game in the market”.