Russian firm offers TV with built-in Android-based STB

A Russian company is offering HD TV sets that will allow operators to deliver an IPTV services without requiring the deployment of set-top boxes. Moscow-based NetUP said its TVs integrates an Android-based IP STB, and enables users to watch live TV with interactive features, use electronic program guides, and accessVoD movies. It also gives users access to all Android features, including Web surfing, social networking, gaming, YouTube, Skype, Google Maps and thousands of other applications on the screen of their TV.

NetUP said its taking pre-orders for the sets, which include a 1 GHz Samsung S5PV210 CPU, 1 GB of flash memory, 512MB DDR-2 RAM, a pair of USB ports, an SD/MMC card reader, HDMI Inand Ethernet 10/100 Mbps. It supports H.264/MPEG2 up to 1080p 30fps.

The company is targeting the solution at hotels and said it will work for open IPTV deployments as well. It requires NetUP headend equipment, a local area network with multicast support and the NetUP TVs. Prices for the TVs range from $565 for a 32-inch set, to $1150 for a 50-inch set.

NetUP was founded in 2001.

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