Azuki turns LG Stick into service provider "set-top"
Azuki Systems said it has integrated its video provisioning platform – the Azuki Media Platform – with the new Android Stick IP set-top box from LG Electronics.
The combination is designed to enable service providers to deliver a broadband HDTV service experience on any TV in the home, without requiring a traditional set-top box and the cost and inconvenience of a truck roll.
The advantage Azuki touts is that it provides a single application that works across all client operating systems and provides integration with existing back-office systems for managing billing, entitlements, rights, transactional VOD, and preferences.
The Azuki Media Platform and its client-based architecture turn the LG Android Stick into an interactive and portable device capable of receiving advanced TV Everywhere services including time-shifted linear TV, network DVR and transactional video-on-demand (VOD).
The LG Android Stick can be plugged into any HDTV with an HDMI port. It uses the most recent version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, for a wireless connectivity to access over-the-top linear live and VOD services.
The LG Android Stick is part of LG Electronics’ recently unveiled suite of smart set-top boxes, complementing LG’s open Smart TV platforms and helping operators to satisfy their subscribers’ whole home entertainment needs, now and in the future.
Kurt Hoppe, Director of Smart TV Innovation and New Business, LG Electronics USA, said, “This integration further validates LG’s decision to offer a portfolio of connected TV devices that enable flexible service provider virtual set-top box deployments. Service providers can now deliver a full suite of Pay TV services more quickly, simply and cost-effectively.”