July 14, 2021

SKY Brasil and Technicolor Connected Home Deploy Google Assistant Far-Field Voice Activated Android TV Set-top Boxes

ATLANTA - July 14, 2021 -- Technicolor Connected Home and SKY Brasil announce the deployment of SKY Connect, a next generation set-top box (STB) that integrates Google Assistant far-field voice technology that allows subscribers in Brazil to navigate entertainment content on their TVs. The announcement is the latest development in the 15-year relationship between Technicolor Connected Home and SKY Brasil to deliver the latest customer-premises equipment (CPE) for the Brazilian market. 

“This deployment represents a giant step forward in giving Brazilian subscribers greater freedom and control over their home video and entertainment experiences. STBs with far-field voice enable subscribers to control their TVs and STBs without a remote control. They will be able to talk to their devices to seamlessly switch channels and choose their favorite movies, games, music and other information resources. It will also allow them to directly interact with Google Assistant,” says Brian Jentz, Vice President, Video Product Unit of Technicolor Connected Home.

This advanced generation of STBs represents a break with the proprietary single-function nature of CPE in the past. SKY Connect is a new multifunctional device that accommodates a full range of digital experiences -- such as viewing in high dynamic range (HDR) during live events.

SKY offers Brazilian Consumers a Broader Range of Digital Experiences.

To better address growing consumer demand for integrated content experiences, SKY Brasil is leveraging a ‘leapfrog’ strategy to incorporate the latest capabilities and features within the company’s portfolio of CPE.

“We believe SKY Connect and its far-field voice capabilities will provide an opportunity for Brazilian subscribers to enjoy an integrated digital home experience. The technology enables SKY Brasil to address current consumer needs as we anticipate emerging desires and develop plans for future services. The roll out of this STB is future evidence of our commitment to continue delivering joy and entertainment to our clients, in a complete Pay-TV experience”, says Andre Ribeiro, Marketing Vice-President of SKY Brasil.  

The SKY Connect STB is built on the Android TV platform and includes a rich set of features. It is a hybrid solution that supports a wide array of broadband access technologies.

“Technicolor Connected Home and SKY Brasil have teamed up to develop the most integrated Android TV STB in the market. It supports both satellite and IPTV broadcast along with a full suite of OTT content,” says Jentz.

SKY Connect is a solution that is capable of meeting the sophisticated and nuanced demands of Brazilian subscribers regardless of how they receive their broadband connection to experience over-the-top applications such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube as well content developed and distributed locally.

“We chose an Android TV platform to provide subscribers with access to the latest applications whether it is the latest video entertainment content or gaming. The SKY Connect STB provides subscribers with access to more integrated digital experiences that are supported and backed by SKY Brasil’s renowned customer service”, concludes Ribeiro.

About Technicolor Connected Home

Technicolor partners with the world's leading Service Providers to help them embrace the complex technologies needed to deliver seamless connectivity and premium entertainment experiences. Our Broadband solutions enable the fastest speeds, best-in-class coverage and embed the most innovative software to deliver multi-user gigabit services throughout the home. Our Video platforms allow for dynamic, branded user interfaces, popular applications, unique features and data analytics while ensuring the fastest time to market. With open innovation at the heart of everything we develop, we foster partnerships with a thriving ecosystem of innovative companies enabling our customers to bring an ever-growing number of value-added services to their subscribers.

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Carole Bernard
Vice President, Marketing
Technicolor Connected Home

About SKY
SKY is the largest satellite pay TV operator in the country. The company has the purpose of democratize fun for all Brazilians and invests continuously on the offer of products and services more suitable for each Brazil and for the individual needs of content and entertainment consumption. SKY distributes programming 100% digital in all counties of the country and increasingly pursuit expanding and optimizing the services and experience offered to their 4.3 million clients. With SKY Play, the operators on demand platform, post and pre-paid consumers are able to watch live content and a library with SKY’s curation DNA wherever and whenever they want. In 2020, SKY was recognized, by the third time, as one of the best companies to work for on the Great Place to Work ranking. For five consecutive years, SKY has won the ranking of Better Services, from O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, in the Pay-TV category; for eight years in a row, the company has won the Folha Top of Mind award; and for 18 consecutive years, the  Consumidor Moderno has awarded SKY on the Clients Service Excellence category.

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