Liberty Puerto Rico launches Hub TV powered by TiVoWednesday, September 16th, 2020
Liberty Puerto Rico’s Hub TV Revolutionizes the Way to Watch Television
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Liberty Puerto Rico announced today the launch of its new video product, Hub TV. Developed through a partnership between Liberty Latin America (LLA) and TiVo, this is an Internet protocol television (IPTV) console that uses the full cloud-based TiVo platform to give customers a hyper-personalized multimedia entertainment experience. This service is available exclusively for Liberty Puerto Rico’s Internet and video customers.
The Android television console operates like a video streaming service but is really a set-top box that uses Liberty’s Wi-Fi or ethernet Internet connection instead of cable, giving access to live TV, video on demand (VOD), and apps on the same platform. It also has an integrated DVR that records programs on the cloud. Customers can add more hours to the DVR if they wish. The console comes with six preloaded applications for customers’ enjoyment. These are Spotify, Netflix, You Tube, HBO Max, ESPN and Fox Now. Customers must have a paid subscription to these apps so they can use them in the console. They can also download many more apps available through the platform. They will also be able to watch any content from their smart phones, or any other electronic devices, on their television screens through Chromecast, which is pre-installed in the console.
Hub TV also provides access to VOD right from its home screen, by tuning into channel 1 from the lineup guide, by pressing the VOD button in the console’s remote control or speaking to the remote control.
“Through our partnership with TiVo, we are offering our customers a new way to enhance their viewing experience and give them more ways to not just watch their favorite content but also discover new programming alternatives, based on their own preferences,” said Waldo Hooker, vice president of customer experience at Liberty Puerto Rico. “With Hub TV, customers don’t need to have a separate DVR or streaming device because this new console combines everything in one box and one remote control, without the need to change their television’s HDMI port.”
Hub TV searches for content based on the user’s search history or via voice control. To use voice control, viewers can speak normally and make a simple command to get to the content they want quickly. They also have personalized new video suggestions through its What to Watch feature, which is based on what viewers already watch. The console’s Smart Bar feature connects viewers with content they are likely to watch at a given time of the day or week, based on users’ own viewing habits.
In addition, viewers’ recordings, video transmissions and downloaded shows appear on their My Shows list. My Shows also contains categories that help viewers find their entertainment selections faster. They can highlight a specific category such as “Kids” to watch children’s shows only or “Movies” just to watch movies. Users can also choose Hub TV’s OnePass feature to pick a show, create a pass for it, and record any available episodes. Once users create a pass for that show, the episodes in it are added to their My Shows list for easy access.
The console’s viewing guide also features Replay TV, which allows users to watch already-aired programming regardless of how far along it is in the broadcast or if the show is already over.
Even while they are searching for content, users will be able to watch live or recorded video on the background. They will also be able to navigate through their choices with fewer clicks and find previews of their favorite channels. Hub TV also allows users to record multiple shows and movies at the same time. Customers who have Google accounts can synchronize them with Hub TV and access content applications such as Gmail, Google Play Games and Google Play Music.