Amino has secured a licensing contract to provide its Enable TV device software to PCCW Media, a leading entertainment group and Pay TV operator in Hong Kong. The software will support the new ‘Now One’ set-top box, which is ready for 4K content that will arrive this year and features local DVR storage. This is a hybrid platform catering for the Now TV IPTV service, DTT signals and OTT content, including from onboarded partners like Netflix. Android apps are also found on the platform. It should be stressed that Amino is not supplying the set-top boxes; this is a software-only win for the company.
Belinda Chan, SVP of Technology and Operations at PCCW Media, says: “As the largest Pay TV and a leading OTT service provider in Hong Kong, we understand customer needs and continually innovate to meet customers’ different viewing habits. Now One, the centerpiece of home entertainment, comprising all features in one appliance, necessitates an advanced, robust and flexible software platform to realise our vision and mission.
“Amino’s Enable TV and its professional development team provide strong support to us, creating a unique and powerful platform for today and future service innovations,” she continues. “For instance, on top of Enable TV software, PCCW Media is integrating its next generation user interface – the UX3 – to empower customers to access rich content offerings with greater ease.”
Amino’s CEO Donald McGarva comments: “This new software licensing contract underlines the breadth and depth of the entertainment delivery solutions that we can now offer under the Amino brand. We have worked very closely with PCCW Media to develop a common, robust and scalable platform that combines hybrid TV, IPTV, Android apps and key customer support functionality.”
This is not the first time Amino has deployed its TV software onto third-party set-top boxes. It was revealed in February that Cincinnati Bell, the Canadian telco, is migrating its legacy IPTV devices to the Enable TV software platform. The upgrade will give Cincinnati Bell Fioptics entertainment customers a rich media interface and advanced applications. “We’re delighted to present our subscriber base with a fresh user interface and new media choices without the time-consuming logistics associated with a complete hardware replacement,” Tom Simpson, Chief Technology Officer at Cincinnati Bell, said at the time.