Orange France has revealed that it will start delivering its new Livebox Play set-top boxes shortly, after receiving nearly 100,000 pre-orders in a little over two weeks.
The new boxes feature dual-band Wi-Fi and Intel Groveland chips to power the experiences on offer, which include Internet browsing, social networking via Twitter and Facebook, and access to an app store with dozens of applications including Deezer and Dailymotion.
The boxes come with motion-sensitive remote controls, a keyboard for surfing the Internet, and a joystick for playing games directly on the TV. The remote control also uses radio frequency so a user no longer needs to point it at the set-top box.
“The new Livebox Play is packed full of cutting-edge technologies,” said Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Executive Director of Orange France. “In combination with the Livebox Play packages, customers will be able to use all their screens to enjoy a vast range of uses, including browsing the internet, playing games and social networking.”
The Cloud gaming package on Orange TV now provides more than 120 games, and the set-top box comes with nine pre-installed games including two major licensed releases: ‘Asphalt 6 Adrenaline’ and ‘Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn’.
The Livebox Play set-top box also comes with an 80 GB hard drive, which can be expanded up to 240Gb on request. From April of this year, customers will also be able to equip the set-top box with a Panasonic-assembled 3D Blu Ray player for €99.
Packages cost €39.99 per month plus €3 per month for renting the hardware, and include unlimited calls to landlines and mobile in more than 100 locations, plus broadband access and the Orange TV service.