MobiTV and Amino team for updated set-top boxes

Amino said it has more than 10 million customer premise devices currently deployed. (MobiTV)

MobiTV and Amino Communications today announced a new agreement to combine their products into a new service for pay TV providers.

The companies intend to combine the MobiTV Connect app-based TV platform solution with the AminoOS Enable operating system to give operators the ability to offer app-based TV services on legacy equipment. The solution will be commercially available in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“We are excited to partner with MobiTV and give our operator customers new options for expanding their video service offerings using existing devices to deliver the enhanced service offerings subscribers expect,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva in a statement. “By enabling operators to offer exciting next generation services such as MobiTV with a relatively modest additional investment, we’re extending the life of installed devices: a highly significant CAPEX benefit.”

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“We continue to focus on giving operators new options for delivering video services through whichever device they choose,” said Bill Routt, chief operations officer and president at MobiTV, in a statement. “Our partnership with Amino expands our approach, recognizing that both operators and subscribers need video services that bring the best of both legacy linear and OTT streaming.”

The company’s are referring to the update process as “upcycling” devices that have already been deployed. Amino will also provide device management along with customer service and support. Amino said it has more than 10 million customer premise devices currently deployed.

For MobiTV, the agreement expands availability of MobiTV Connect. The company said that Connect has been picked by 90 operators since first launching 2016. Earlier this year the company raised another $50 million in funding from Oak Investment Partners, Ally Financial, and Cedar Grove Partners to help pay for international expansion.