24i, the video streaming expert, today announced its streaming platform is now being used by Danish fiber broadband provider Waoo to bring its Pay TV service to a new generation of Android TV set top boxes, adding third party aggregated content and enhanced search functionality.
Waoo has used the 24i streaming platform since 2010 to bring its Pay TV service to life on managed set top boxes (STBs) and unmanaged devices including iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets, web browsers and Apple TV boxes. Now the same platform is powering Waoo’s offering of live TV channels, network PVR, catch-up TV and a VOD rental store on a new custom Android TV launcher.
“Aggregation is the keyword. Using our existing 24i streaming platform to reach Android TV boxes with the Google Play Store means we can offer our customers a wider range of attractive content. We are preloading the new TV boxes with apps from streaming services like Disney+, Discovery+, Viaplay and the national broadcaster DR. Users can also download apps for themselves like Spotify or games. This makes the box become a versatile media hub in the home,” said Martin Jürgensen, Waoo’s Senior Product Development Manager.
To solve the search and discovery challenges that come alongside a growing library of live and on-demand content, Waoo has also rolled out 24i’s Unified Search capabilities to all its devices. Users can now get integrated search results from across the Waoo platform, including catch-up TV, the EPG (TV Guide) and more than 12,000 TV and Movie titles available to rent in the “Waoo Bio” VOD store.
“We have been working with Waoo for many years now and they’ve always wanted to innovate and offer their subscribers ground-breaking features, so we’re delighted to have supported them on this latest step into content super-aggregation. The combination of a custom Android TV launcher and our cloud-hosted Universal Search solution is a great way to give customers what they want – quality, choice and convenience,” said Joachim Bergman, 24i CEO.
“The new Universal Search function is already proving popular with our subscribers. As a viewer, you just have one place to go to find the content you’re looking for, so you don’t have to browse all kinds of catalogues and archives. You can just start entering the name of an actor or a show and then the result will pop up. It’s an easy way to discover content and it works across all devices including STBs, web and mobile phones.” added Martin Jürgensen.