IBC 2014: AirTies, SoftAtHome team for HEVC STB
Michelle Clancy
| 16 September 2014
Wi-Fi specialist AirTies is partnering with SoftAtHome to develop a thin HEVC set-top box which also supports Home Wi-Fi Meshing.

"Operators are challenged to meet competing requirements," said Philippe Alcaras, CEO of AirTies. "They typically want high-end features like HEVC streaming support, while on the other hand also needing cost-effective entry-level devices. At the same time their subscribers expect modern form-factor devices with tiny footprints that give access to content from any source and can be displayed on different screens. With SoftAtHome's agile software platform, we are able to address these three different requirements in a single device."

The box is designed and built by AirTies but will be powered by SoftAtHome's universal player based on its SOP product The player handles broadcast, multicast, unicast and adaptive streaming with seamless zapping from one kind of stream to another. Advantages also include HTML5 support, a WebKit browser, media centre capability, multiscreen redistribution and a UI.

The box also allows 802.11ac wireless connectivity, operating at 2.4 or 5GHz frequencies, together with AirTies Mesh Technology, allowing consumer self-service installation and extension of the wireless coverage to every corner of the home at the push of a button.