Editor ©RapidTVNews | 08-09-2011

Liberty Global has launched into the connected home TV space with a new media and entertainment platform for the home designed to integrate cable TV with web-based and personal content.

The new Horizon multimedia gateway is claimed to allow customers to put a computer at the heart of their connected home, creating a wireless network that connecting TV to multiple screens and personal devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones.

Furthermore, it is attributed with offering such functionality in an elegant and intuitive interface supported by search and recommendation features, integrating access to personal media content stored in the home or in the cloud. Connectivity includes support for MoCA and Wi-Fi, and Liberty Global will also participate in the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) ecosystem.

Liberty Global has also developed applications for smartphones and tablet devices so that users can enable a similar and complementary experience on different devices both in and out of the home. The company is working with content providers, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, to develop applications for its standards-based App Store.

Other partners for the Horizon ecosystem include Samsung who has built the multimedia home gateway; middleware from NDS; conditional access technology from Nagravision. The ability to enable the TV experience on different devices is enabled by IOKO’s enterprise service platform.

Launching Horizon, Liberty Global President & CEO Mike Fries said: “Over the last 20 years, Liberty Global has been at the forefront of driving technological innovation for its customers in Europe. Both in high-speed broadband and digital interactive television, we have constantly strived to improve our customers’ experience. With Horizon, we’re reinventing television.”

Horizon is currently under field trial in the Netherlands and commercial launch is planned for Q1 2012 at UPC in the Netherlands, with UPC Cablecom in Switzerland and Unitymedia in Germany following soon thereafter.