Mexican operator izzi has gone live with the commercial launch of an Android TV Operator Tier pay-TV service.
It follows close co-operation on the project between izzi, Google and Mirada. The set-top launch extends izzi’s existing pay-TV service from Linux set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets and laptops to Android TV hybrid set-top boxes.
The service is based on Mirada’s Iris solution rather than Google’s generic user interface such that izzi’s brand identity and the subscribers’ viewing experience remains the same.
It also brings in additional functionality developed by Mirada.
izzi´s CEO, Salvi Folch, said: “At izzi, we are always looking to have innovative products. We are convinced that our izzitv smart offer is the best video experience available in Mexico. Our interface has all the content that users want in a single device adding the best of linear TV, video on demand, apps, games and Android TV functionalities. It also includes the possibility of using voice control to operate the device, which is an innovation in the Mexican market.”
The Spanish software developer says this is the first ever launch of Android TV for an operator that uses hybrid Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB)/Over the Top (OTT) set-top boxes to provide a TV service through its cable infrastructure.
“We showcased our Iris solution for the Android TV Operator Tier at numerous international trade shows last year, and are delighted with the interest it has received so far,’ said Mirada’s CEO, José Luis Vázquez: “With the recent launch of our Android TV solution in Spain and several other projects currently underway, we are delighted to be able to announce this commercial launch with the leading Mexican operator and our long-term client, izzi.”
For this project, Mirada has partnered with Google for Android TV integration, Verimatrix for conditional access and new premium set-top box manufacturers, including Skyworth and ZTE.