Ziggo customers will receive mediabox next year with 4k and hdr support




Ziggo has presented a new media box to be delivered to customers sometime next year. The Horizon 4 supports 4k and hdr video and can handle Dolby Digital audio. The remote control has a microphone for voice control.

Liberty Global, the parent company of Ziggo, presented the Horizon 4 media box at its Tech Summit in Amsterdam. The box has the same hardware as the so-called V6 box, which in the UK is already used by two million customers in combination with TiVo software. The variant that Ziggo customers ultimately receive has its own software.

The new cabinet is smaller, more economical and quieter than the current version and thanks to the 4k support, Netflix and YouTube videos can be viewed in 4k, provided the source material is available in that resolution. The Horizon 4 has no built-in hdd; customers can ‘record’ programs, but they are stored in the cloud. In the future, more web videos and online TV channels should be available via the Horizon 4 media box.

The Horizon 4 media box also has a new interface and comes with an RF remote control with a microphone. There is support for voice operation and that also works in Dutch. The Horizon 4 has fewer connections than the current Horizon XL media box. This was already apparent in tests previously carried out with the new media box in the Netherlands. There is one ethernet connection.

Together with the new Horizon media box, new Ziggo Go software will be introduced and that will make collaboration possible. For example, a user can look back on a program on a TV and then look further on a smartphone or tablet via the app. It will also be possible to set the media box via the app.

In his announcement, Liberty Global says Horizon 4 will come to ‘a select group of customers’ in the Netherlands in the coming months. Later more people should get the new media box. Which customers receive the box and when exactly, is not yet clear.

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