SFR launches Marvell-powered Google Services STB

Marvell, a leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced that European leading service provider, SFR, has launched its hybrid set-top box powered by Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform. The ARMADA 1500 Plus is a full HD media processor designed for a wide range of Smart video products. Underscoring its leadership in the Smart Home ecosystem, the ARMADA 1500 Plus will power SFR’s hybrid set-top boxes to enable Google services for Smart TV.

“I’m very proud of Marvell’s long-term collaboration with Google in empowering leading service providers to deliver immersive entertainment experiences with new products and services. The successful launch of this innovative device by SFR is a great example of how consumers can enjoy quality content delivered seamlessly through both broadcasting and streaming,” says Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. “I would like to thank the passionate and dedicated engineering teams of Google, SFR, and Marvell in delivering this exciting new product and driving the ‘Connected Digital Lifestyle’ vision to serve today’s global consumers for better lives.”

“Through our joint collaboration with Marvell, SFR is pleased to be the first service provider in Europe to offer consumers Google services for Smart TV powered by Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Plus,” says Frank Cadoret, Executive Vice President of SFR. “Offering set-top boxes with Google services will further allow us to differentiate our services, while giving subscribers a powerful and enhanced entertainment experience in today’s digital home.”

SFR’s hybrid set-top box offering Google services for Smart TV, available in a compact form factor and simple set up, provides both broadcast and IPTV services to consumers, at an attractive 3€ per month. Customers, who have xDSL can enjoy IPTV services whereas other subscribers can get a bundled SFR TV/OTT experience. The platform is the first hybrid set-top box in the Europe enabling Google services for Smart TV, and its applications enable the convergence between mobiles, tablets and TV services.

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