Broadcom said its silicon is powering the first 4K-capable Android TV box, a device offered by Free, a French IPTV service provider and subsidiary of Iliad Group.
Broadcom said it’s chipping in with the BCM7252 set-top systems-on-chip (SoC), which supports 10-bit HEVC/H.265, a coding scheme that is about 50% more efficient than H.264. Free’s new Android TV platform, equipped for video streaming, terrestrial TV, and video recording, will also house Broadcom’s BCM43570 for a Bluetooth-based remote control and 2x2 802.11ac WiFi.
“Supporting Android TV, Broadcom’s set-top box and connectivity devices now enable Freebox to bring exciting 4K content to their subscribers in addition to all the benefits of the Android TV ecosystem,” Rich Nelson, SVP of marketing for Broadcom’s Broadband & Connectivity Group, said in a statement.
Free introduced the new product, the mini 4K (comprised of two devices – a TV player and a server unit), on Tuesday. It sells for €29.99 (US$31.70) per month and supports ADSL2+, VDSL2, fiber and WiFi connectivity and comes equipped with a femtocell.
Free had 15.4 million subs, including 5.8 million broadband customers, as of Sept. 30, 2014.
The supply deal with Free is the latest 4K-facing move for Broadcom, which is also supplying chips for Dish Network’s coming 4K Joey box and TiVo’s first anticipated 4K-capable box. Earlier this month, Broadcom introducded a next-gen Ultra HD/4K chipset for set-tops and gateways that bakes in two bandwidth-saving codecs – HEVC and the Google-led VP9 platform.