CES 2014: Telefónica taps Technicolor for HD, hybrid TV STBs

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 10-01-2014

Telefónica has announced a global partnership with Technicolor, to use its satellite set-top box (STB) platform to support the mass launch of HD and hybrid TV services, in a campaign that kicks off in Latin America in Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia.

In parallel, and as part of the agreement, Technicolor will also provide support in Peru, extending these services to Telefónica's Peruvian cable customer base.

Technicolor's MediaPlay HD satellite and cable STBs feature Wi-Fi MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264) video codecs in both standard and high definition. The devices are ready to offer PVR capability and come with advanced video features such as the aggregation of traditional linear TV broadcasts with video delivered via IP networks.

"Our focus on portraying the set-top box as a hub of innovation has been key in Telefónica's partners' selection process," said Francois Rossiensky, senior vice president for connected home EMEA at Technicolor. "Telefónica's trust has fuelled our team's motivation to achieve the delivery of large quantities of future proof and robust solutions in the space of a few months."

Telefónica said that it aims to facilitate access to broadcast and Internet video via the TV, alongside advanced services such as video-on-demand (VOD), Internet browsing and time-shifted TV.

"Technicolor's satellite and cable HD platforms allow us to develop our leading position in Digital Home solutions: it enriches the in-home entertainment experience of our consumers, who want to enjoy access to a wider range of features, applications and services through a user-friendly and reliable product," said David del Val, global product director of video at Telefónica Digital.