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Android Set-Top Boxes in Trend

  • April 23, 2013 /
  • by Karolina Mosiadz /
  • Android, connected home, Netflix, set-top box, SKnet, Tuxera solutions /

The way we use TV has changed significantly in the past couple of years. According to a recent survey conducted by a management consulting firm Booz&Co, media-entertainment industry growth comes now mainly from user payments and not like it used to be, from advertising. Traditional broadcast networks slowly give a way to Pay-TV and Internet based platforms with media content that can be accessed and streamed whenever convenient for the user.

Android powered set-top box transforms your TV into an intuitive device. It lets you access digital content, play games, make a use of a robust app ecosystem, video-conference and surf the Internet. Common connectivity options include SD card reader, HDMI outputs, USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth, integrated Ethernet port and WI-FI connection.

Set-top box popularity spiked recently due to an influx of reasonably priced, feature – rich and innovative products from Roku, Xiaomi, EXOON, Plex and SKnet among others. SKnet newest home media accessories bring support for multichannel, high-definition recording and playback, thanks to integrated Tuxera file system solutions. Forecasts say that the emergence of video gateways and media players will further drive the value of set-top box market up to $26 billion by 2017.

Let’s not forget about the arrival of content-on demand, custom programing and live TV streaming platforms. Services such as Netflix and Aereo offer people an option to stream favourite programs & movies, whenever they want, for a flat price. The number of available outlets is constantly growing. Depending on a set-top box provider, the offer includes a variety of channels like Hulu, Vudu, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video and more.

Set-top boxes make up a part of networked home, a concept where all the devices communicate with each other and where the media content can be shared & accessed at any time. Increasing connectivity requires a high level of interoperability and that is what we focus on here at Tuxera.