EchoStar Europe Rolls Android-Based IP Set-Top

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EchoStar Europe is aiming at over-the-top video services with the HDX-200, an IP set-top box based on Google's Android operating system.

The HDX-200 supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and a WebKit-based browser. That's similar to Google's own Google TV platform, which features its Chrome browser, that the Internet company has licensed to consumer-electronics makers. According to the EchoStar Europe, operators will be able to tap into the global pool of Android application developers.

EchoStar Europe HDX-200

EchoStar Europe announced the product Friday at IBC in Amsterdam. In addition to over-the-top applications, the HDX-200 is positioned as a multiroom IP client device for pay-TV operators.

"The objective was to develop a flexible, cost effective and universal IP product that can suit a number of applications in the field," EchoStar Europe general manager Rhod Williams said in a statement.

The set-top supports multiple codecs, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264 AVC, WM-9/VC-1, VP6, AAC and MP3. The HDX-200 offers HDMI, Ethernet 10/100, S/PDIF and USB 2.0 interfaces, with options for powerline and 802.11n wireless networking. 

EchoStar Europe, a business unit of EchoStar Technologies, has its headquarters in West Yorkshire, England.