DNA launches Android TV hub with 4K support

Thursday 10 August 2017 | 14:03 CET | News

Finnish operator DNA said it has launched its Android television box called DNA TV-hubi, combining a set-top receiver with Chromecast built in and what it called a smartphone-style app store for TVs. Viewers can watch TV and use online applications, play games and listen to music via one system. The hub supports 4K, too.

DNA TV-hubi uses the Android TV operating system, so Katsomo, Yle Areena and Ruutu, the apps of the three major TV channels in Finland, are available on the system, as well as YouTube, Deezer and a range of games and other applications. Netflix will join them soon.

The Chromecast function enables users to mirror content from their smartphone or tablet to their TV set.

In a survey that DNA carried out in spring, it found that the majority of Finns (57%) considered it important to be able to watch TV programmes whenever they felt like it. Approximately half (46%) of respondents said it was important that applications available for mobile devices could also be used on the big TV screen.

The survey found it was particularly important to locate films, serials, sportscasts and other shows, both online and on TV, easily from one location (55% of all respondents, and 69% of those aged 15 to 24 years).

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