Rapid TV News | May 14, 2016
Evolution Digital has launched its eBOX IP hybrid set-top box with the new eGUIDE interactive guide, powered by Rovi’s Fan TV platform.
The device allows cable operators to deliver QAM linear channels and IP video services through a streamlined and integrated user interface. It can be configured to support an all-IP platform, including live linear channels, IP-based video on demand (VOD) programmes, network digital video recording (nDVR) content and over-the-top (OTT) services. It also has universal search, 16:9 HD graphics and a simplified interactive grid guide to view traditional cable channels and IP video options.
“It is my pleasure to announce our newest integrated IP hybrid solution, eBOX with eGUIDE, powered by Rovi’s Fan TV platform,” said Brent Smith, president and CTO at Evolution Digital.
“Rovi is known for its strength in metadata that drives entertainment discovery, and this device and interactive guide offers consumers an unparalleled user experience. Additionally, the Fan TV platform offers flexible APIs so we are able to integrate quickly on eBOX with eGUIDE, and provide our customers a solution today that fortifies our strategy as a business as we continue to develop products and software that help cable providers migrate to all-IP.”
Future enhancements from Rovi soon to be TiVo will include adding popular third-party apps and enabling universal search across all entertainment. In addition, eGUIDE plans to integrate additional features from the Fan TV platform, including 360 Discovery, which delivers an immersive experience that combines related show recommendations, critic reviews, sophisticated relational metadata, and actor photos and biographies. Evolution Digital also plans to incorporate catch-up TV, caller ID features and the Fan TV Conversational Interface into eGUIDE, enabling users to simply say what they want to watch in a natural way and then find any movie or show.