Com Hem has commercially launched its Android TV-based platform, called Tv Hub, which is available to Com Hem subscribers today and will be made available for Boxer homes later this year. A key goal for the new platform is to make it easier to combine linear TV viewing and on-demand and streaming services. In a simple but powerful example of this, there are remote control shortcuts to SVT Play, TV4 Play and Netflix. The remote itself is a Bluetooth device that can be voice activated.
The new hub supports 4K and HDR services. It allows customers to customise the user interface with their own apps downloaded from the Google Play store. YouTube is pre-installed and Chromecast is built-in.
Voice control of the Tv Hub is based on Google Technology. You can search for TV channels, movies, actors or music by talking to the remote control. The search results are retrieved from content in any of the installed apps.
Com Hem designed the Tv Hub and developed the hardware, user interface and the software with partners including Google (it is built on Android TV Operator Tier and uses Android N/Android TV 7.1.1), Technicolor (hub hardware) and 3SS (which is known for its 3READY Android TV Client with custom launcher, among other things). The Tv Hub has already been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for high design quality.