French telco Bouygues Telecom has formed a unique collaboration with US chip vendor Intel to bring its full pay-TV service ‘Bbox TV’ to the latest Intel-based devices anywhere in France that a broadband connection is available.
The project is set to be the first time that an IPTV provider brings its full pay-TV experience over-the-top to a wide variety of platforms that will include Ultrabook devices and Intel-based PCs and tablets. The new technology will provide access to live TV and video-on-demand content for Bouygues Telecom customers inside and outside of the home via xDSL, fiber, cable and wireless networks.
“Bouygues Telecom successfully launched its Bbox Sensation, a high-end multimedia platform that features the Intel AtomTM CE4200 Media Processor for French customers last year,” said Yves Caseau, senior vice president, Technologies, Services and Innovation at Bouygues Telecom.
“Through a simple, fast and intuitive interface, Bouygues Telecom customers gained access to a complete range of services including live and catch-up TV, VOD, Cloud Gaming and a media centre. Through this collaboration we are eager to expand IPTV services to Ultrabook and other Intel-based devices. Working with Intel will be a great opportunity to expand IPTV services to the PC.”
Bouygues is not the first IPTV provider to break free of the set-top box however: Scandinavian telco TeliaSonera revealed last August that it was planning to deliver managed IPTV services direct to Samsung’s Smart TVs for customers in Estonia, Sweden and Finland.
Bouygues Telecom had reached around 1.3mn customers for its Bbox services by the end of 2012, having added 320,000 customers over the course of the year, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News).