AirTies and SoftAtHome partner for low-cost wireless HEVC set-top

Monday, September 15th, 2014 
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AirTies and SoftAtHome Partner for Cost-Optimised Wireless HEVC Set-Top Box

AMSTERDAM — IBC 2014 — AirTies, the Wi-Fi home meshing pioneer and device maker together with SoftAtHome, the leading provider of operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home are announcing their partnership to develop a “light” cost-optimised HEVC set-top box. The new box also supports Home Wi-Fi Meshing.

“Operators are challenged to meet competing requirements. They typically want high-end features like HEVC streaming support, while on the other hand also needing cost-effective entry-level devices. At the same time their subscribers expect modern form-factor devices with tiny footprints that give access to content from any source and can be displayed on different screens,” said Philippe Alcaras, CEO of AirTies.” With SoftAtHome’s agile software platform, we are able to address these three different requirements in a single device.”

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with AirTies, leveraging their leadership on Wi-Fi technologies such as Home Meshing to deliver the best and most cost-effective solution to our customers,” added Michel Degland, CEO of SoftAtHome.

The elegant compact Box designed and built by AirTies is one of most compact form factors in the world for a fully featured set top box. Powered by SoftAtHome’s universal player based on its SOP product, this “light” wireless set-top box is one of the first boxes to include the new HEVC/H.265 video decoding standards. End-users will experience the best video in HD quality even when the bandwidth is sub-optimal. The SoftAtHome player handles Broadcast, Multicast, Unicast and Adaptive streaming with seamless zapping from one kind of stream to another. Advantages also include HTML5 support, a WebKit browser, media centre capability, multiscreen redistribution and an exceptional UI. The box allows 802.11ac wireless connectivity, operating at 2.4 or 5GHz frequencies, together with AirTies Mesh Technology, allowing consumer self-service installation and extension of the wireless coverage to every corner of the home at the push of a button.