CSI Magazine – March 6, 2019
Dutch cable operator Ziggo is replacing its six-year old legacy set-top box with a new version based on Liberty Global’s Horizon 4 platform.
The new box, branded as Mediabox Next, will replace the previous Mediabox XL, dating to 2012. The next-generation product was developed using RDK (Reference Design Kit), the open-source platform for standardised software for connected TV and home services.
The hardware was first announced last September at the Liberty Global Technology Summit in Amsterdam and is based on Ziggo’s parent company Liberty Global’s Horizon 4 platform, which is deployed in markets including the UK and Switzerland.
Mediabox Next, which features a cloud PVR, has the same Horizon 4 interface used on smartphone apps, making it easier for customers to recognise and navigate. Ziggo said the new STB will offer improved speed, for example when changing channels, and can also be controlled using voice commands. The accompanying remote control was also simplified compared to previous Horizon models.
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