Ericsson's New Two Screen Remote solution for media control in the home

written by: Richard Kastelein

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The Ericsson IPTV Remote is a new device for controlling the TV and other media devices throughout the connected home.  The innovative device is a single interface for controlling Internet video, the TV, both live and on-demand, the PC and the mobile phone in the home. It also provides a second screen for previewing content, exploring program guides, browsing the web and chatting with friends and family without a distracting window on the TV screen.


The latest version of the IPTV Remote will be have its US debut at SCTE Cable Tec Expo (New Orleans, 20-22 October), following a successful launch at IBC in Amsterdam last month, where the device won 'Best IPTV Technology' at the CSI Product of the Year Awards.


"The Ericsson IPTV Remote redefines the category and puts even greater control in the hands of our customers' subscribers. Initially, we will focus on TV services but going forward it will be possible to add applications such as enhanced video communications, remote healthcare and home surveillance," said Jan Wäreby, head of Business Unit Multimedia at Ericsson.

The Ericsson IPTV Remote is part of Ericsson's IPTV solution and will be managed and provisioned by the consumer's IPTV service provider. The device can also function as a portable TV in a WiFi-enabled home.

A prototype and interactive demonstration of the device will be presented at Ericsson's exhibition area in Hall 6, La Fira, Barcelona during the GSMA MWC.

IPTV is set to grow from 40 million to some 120 million subscriptions globally over the next five years. Ericsson has signed more than 250 IPTV contracts worldwide covering complete solutions, integration projects and infrastructure.

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