CES: Amino debuts companion STB for OTT
Amino Communications is showing a "companion" set-top box to the standard MVPD set-top at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that allows cable and satellite operators to mix in over-the-top streaming into their video lineups.
Amino's device – which is called "Freedom Jump," its name taking off from Amino's line of Freedom hybrid/OTT media centers – was designed to work with existing cable and satellite set-top boxes in order to offer open Internet apps such as movie-on-demand services, catch-up TV, music services and social networking.
Freedom Jump comes with an Intel Atom processor CE4100 and MeeGo for the TV, and it was designed to support common Internet formats such as Adobe Flash together with HD 1080p capability.
It connects to deployed set-top boxes in homes via HDMI and has a wireless option to pull content from other in-home devices. Game controllers can also be added into the mix with Bluetooth.
"There is a real gap in the market for a powerful low-cost device that works with – rather than competes against – operators' existing pay-TV devices," Amino CEO Andrew Burke said.