Euskaltel has launched a 4K Android STB and is making Google Play available to its customers, enabling them to run a number of Google apps from their STBs. Euskaltel is hopeful that this will open up new opportunities for local app developers in the Basque region of Spain in which it operates. Companies that have signed up to make their apps available include Diario Vasco, El Correo, Grupo Noticias and EiTB and Kutxabank, which is also one of Euskaltel’s major shareholders.
WiFi, Bluetooth and USB connections on the STB can be used to enable mobile phones to control the box as well as allowing gaming devices to be connected. Voice control is also available on the STB.
Other features include video-on-demand services from Replayteka, with over 7,000 movies and series episodes available, plus seven-day catch-up, replay and recording.
Francisco Arteche, CEO of the company said that TV consumption habits are constantly changing and TV users are demanding new ways of viewing TV that combines the internet and TV, and Euskaltel want to give its customers this new TV experience in UltraHD quality.
Separately, Spain’s competition watchdog has given the green light for the acquisition of Zegona Communications by Euskaltel. The acquisition will create a single cable and telecommunications operator covering the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia, where Euskaltel already owns local player R.