Sweden’s Viaplay orders hybrid STB from Netgem

French firm Netgem has won a contract with Swedish pay-TV provider Viaplay (part of Modern Times Group) to supply its new Viaplay Box, a hybrid set-top box which offers viewers a wide range of over-the-top (OTT) premium TV channels, free-to-air terrestrial channels and the full Viaplay online service.

Viaplay is the leading online pay-TV service in the Nordic region, and offers over-the-top (OTT) delivery of premium TV, movies and sports content to anyone with a broadband connection on multiple devices.

The launch extends the number of platforms on which consumers can access the Viaplay service using a single log-in, which already included PCs/Macs, tablets, smartphones, connected TVs and now the Viaplay Box.

The box is a customised version of Netgem’s multi-function hybrid STB, and uses Netgem middleware to provision the enhanced Viaplay service alongside linear channels.

The STB offers Ethernet, WiFi and HDMI connectivity to access and share multimedia content stored on the home network, and also offers UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) for simple connection with compatible devices in the household.

“The launch of the Viaplay box in Sweden is the next step in our continuous evolution and development of our service,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Viaplay. “Our wide library of TV, movie and premium sports content is highly attractive to viewers, and we are focused on both improving the user experience and the quality of our streaming and make it as simple as possible for our subscribers to access the content.”

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