Editor ©RapidTVNews | 07-09-2011

Connected device solutions provider EchoStar is to use Europe’s foremost broadcast show to showcase products designed to enable pay-TV operators to exploit the potential of IP connectivity.

In addition, it will demonstrate how connected devices for cable TV, satellite TV and IP operators will be ‘complementary’ and fully integrated multi-room, multi-device and multi-screen solutions for whole home DVR, over-the-top (OTT) TV and multi-screen content delivery. Furthermore the company will also show how operators can expand their business models towards new markets with such solutions.

Products on show will include the new 320GB Mercury Ultra Slim DVR, said to be the thinnest hybrid DVR in the world, and a new Android-based IP STB for multi room delivery.

However, the focus will be on Sling Media’s place-shifting solutions which enable consumers to watch their TV on their favourite mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and Android-based smart phones and tablets.

Rhod Williams, General Manager, EchoStar Europe expressed confidence in EchoStar’s position in a world where many industry commentators predicting that multi-screen and OTT TV is set to provide the focus at IBC2011.

“We’ve been heavily focussed on multi-screen delivery through our wholly owned subsidiary Sling Media,” said Williams. “We launched our first fully integrated SlingLoaded DVR with OTT apps in March this year, achieving great accolades in the UK media. We continue to focus on bringing further solutions to market including whole home DVR using DLNA and connected TV to the HbbTV standard. EchoStar’s recent acquisition of Move Networks has strengthened our position by augmenting our high level of expertise in IP technologies to include adaptive bitrate streaming which will enhance the delivery of content and services over IP.”