The Finnish Pay TV platform DNA has deployed a sophisticated media hub that enables content to be received via terrestrial signals, over its cable network and across standard broadband – and the Pay TV bouquet is available as a streaming offer for customers outside of its cable footprint (or beyond the reach of terrestrial reception). The Android OS-based STB also supports Chromecast so customers can mirror content they are watching on smartphones and tablets on the big television screen. The pay channels are protected with software-based, smartcard-less content encryption.
The new media gateway, called the DNA TV-hubi, has been built by Sagemcom and includes a 3×3 ac dual band (2.4/5GHz) Wi-Fi connection, two HD tuners, DVR capabilities if you buy a separate hard drive, and support for 4K. You can download applications for DNA TV-hubi from the Google Play app store. Apps from Katsomo, Yle Areena and Ruutu, the three major TV channels in Finland, are available on the system, along with YouTube and Deezer.
“The pre-sales of DNA TV-hubi proved that there is a real demand for an Android TV device and a new way of watching television,” declares Mikko Saarentaus, Director at DNA Entertainment Business. “We have already sold thousands of hubs in advance. People are accustomed to using apps on their phones, and DNA TV-hubi makes them easily available for television, too.”