Com Hem and Boxer launches Tv Hub – A platform based on Android Tv
The Tv Hub simplifies the user experience for our customers that increasingly combine their linear tv-viewing with on-demand and streaming services. The user can select from and download more than 2,000 apps from Google Play, including play services, games, and music.
“One of the strengths of Tv Hub is our cooperation with some of the most popular play-services. In addition to SVT Play and TV4 Play, we are delighted that Netflix, the world’s largest streaming service will be available in Tv Hub at launch and that our customers can easily access their content via the button on the remote control,” said Jessica Andersson, Product Director TV at Com Hem Group.
“Com Hem is one of our longest standing operator partners and has been at the forefront of embracing streaming services. We are excited about the TV Hub which will make our Netflix originals which includes hundreds of hours in 4K and HDR quality even more accessible for Swedes. By seamlessly pressing the Netflix button, customers can reach their favorite content like Stranger Things, Narcos or Bright even faster than before,” said Maria Ferreras, Vice President Business Development EMEA at Netflix.
Com Hem has designed the Tv Hub and developed both the hardware, user interface and the software together with partners such as Google, Technicolor and 3SS. The Tv Hub has been awarded the prestigious design Red Dot Award for high design quality.
"When we have developed Tv Hub, the most important thing has been to listen to our customers to understand their needs regarding their tv-viewing. We see a clear shift consumption in content today compared to earlier. According to a recent survey from Kantar Sifo, Swedes want a mix of traditional linear television viewing combined with on-demand or streaming services. With the Tv Hub we have a product that meets their expectations,” Jessica Andersson concludes.
"Our partnership with Com Hem is emblematic of our efforts bringing Android and Google services to TV screens. With Com Hem focusing on what they do best creating a unique TV viewing experience for their users, we believe the TV Hub will be a very exciting product." Marec-Nicholas Gasiun, Head of Android Partnerships, Nordics
With the voice control on the Tv Hub, based on Google Technology, you can search for tv channels, movies, actors or music by using your voice and talk to the remote control. The search results are retrieved from the content in any of the installed apps, whether it's movies, TV shows, YouTube clips or songs.
The linear tv content in the Tv Hub can be used for customers via FibreLAN, FibreCoax and with standard antenna.
The list price for Tv Hub is SEK 1 695 incl. VAT. Both new and existing Com Hem customers can during the launch campaign also choose to rent the Tv Hub for a one-off fee of SEK 500 including VAT plus shipping fee.
The Tv Hub is available from today at Com Hem and later in 2018 also for Boxer. It will also be available at the major electronics retail stores later in 2018.
Notes to the editors:
Com Hem Tv Hub YouTube clip
Technical Specifications Tv Hub
Hardware: Hardware manufactured by Technicolor
Weight: 400 grams
Operating System: Android TV 7.1.1
Available for FibreCoax (DVB-C), FibreLAN (IPTV) and terrestrial television (DVB-T)
Ethernet 1000 Base-T
2 x USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual band
Resolution: 4K HDR
SoC: Broadcom 7271
Netflix, SVT Play, TV4 Play, Youtube
Voice activated Bluetooth remote control
For queries, please contact:
Fredrik Hallstan, Head of PR
Tel: +46 (0)709 48 52 72
Marcus Lindberg, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +46(0)734 39 25 40
About Com Hem Group
Com Hem Group offers broadband, TV, play and telephony services to Swedish households and companies. Our powerful and future-proofed network with speeds up to 1 Gbit/s, covers half of the country’s households, making the Com Hem Group an important driver of creating a digital Sweden. We bring our 1.45 million customers the largest range of digital-TV channels and play services via set top boxes as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. The company was founded in 1983 and has approximately 1,100 employees. Com Hem Group is headquartered in Stockholm and operates through four subsidiaries; Com Hem AB, Boxer TV Access AB, Phonera Företag AB and iTUX Communication AB. In 2017, Group sales totalled SEK 7,136 million. Since 2014 the Com Hem share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.comhemgroup.com.