CANAL+, Technicolor team to take first HD service direct to consumers with Cube S

DetailsEditor | 11 June 2015

Broadcast technology provider Technicolor has revealed the latest fruits of its ongoing collaboration with CANAL+ Group to create next-generation content experiences.

canalThis takes the form of the Cube S, a highly stylised set-top box that offers the complete portfolio of Canal+ content in a direct-to-consumer offering for the first time, all in HD. The hybrid terrestrial TV and Internet STB is designed to take advantage of over-the-top (OTT) delivery to give access to more than 150 channels, including French DTT, Canal+ and CanalSat, and on-demand and catch-up TV services.

Canal+ claims that for the first time, consumers can take their set-top box with them to watch all this content anywhere they can access the Internet within its home territory of France.

In producing the device, the Technicolor R&D teams in Rennes worked alongside Canal+ Group to integrate a wide range of advanced video and wireless technologies into a small form-factor, supporting full HD alongside Wi-Fi to create what they believe is a complete content experience. The parties hope to extend the partnership to deploy new consumer offerings in other countries.

"The Cube S represents a totally new chapter in our vision for the Canal+ experience. For the first time, we can offer French audiences our complete range of content over the internet in one beautiful set-top box, a small cube," said Frederic Vincent, executive vice president, technology and information systems, Canal+ Group. "Our subscribers can consume TV content live or on-demand or listen to more than 35 million music tracks or international radios proposed by our partners Deezer and Radioline. Technicolor's engineering and design expertise has allowed us to create a truly innovative and stand-out product that offers all our content in HD.

"We have taken advantage of 100 years of expertise in content creation and delivery to bring an incredible array of channels together in a uniquely designed set-top box," added Technicolor Connected Home SVP, EMEA, François Rossiensky. "This represents a future-proof collaboration and delivery. We're proud to support Canal+ to make it easier than ever to access all of its premium content."