Com Hem and Boxer launches Tv Hub – A platform based on Android Tv

Com Hem launches the award-winning Android tv-based platform Tv Hub, for both Com Hem’s and Boxer's customers. The Tv Hub combines linear tv with play services in HDR and 4K quality. With an attractive and easy-to-use interface, the users can navigate between their linear TV channels and their play services and also customize the Tv Hub with their own apps downloaded from the Google Play store. On the remote control there are exclusive shortcuts to SVT Play, TV4 Play and Netflix that make it easy to access the most popular streaming services.

The Tv Hub simplifies the user experience for our customers that increasingly combine their linear tv-viewing with on-demand and streaming services. The user can select from and download more than 2,000 apps from Google Play, including play services, games, and music.

“One of the strengths of Tv Hub is our cooperation with some of the most popular play-services. In addition to SVT Play and TV4 Play, we are delighted that Netflix, the world’s largest streaming service will be available in Tv Hub at launch and that our customers can easily access their content via the button on the remote control,” said Jessica Andersson, Product Director TV at Com Hem Group.

“Com Hem is one of our longest standing operator partners and has been at the forefront of embracing streaming services. We are excited about the TV Hub which will make our Netflix originals which includes hundreds of hours in 4K and HDR quality even more accessible for Swedes. By seamlessly pressing the Netflix button, customers can reach their favorite content like Stranger Things, Narcos or Bright even faster than before,” said Maria Ferreras, Vice President Business Development EMEA at Netflix.

Com Hem has designed the Tv Hub and developed both the hardware, user interface and the software together with partners such as Google, Technicolor and 3SS. The Tv Hub has been awarded the prestigious design Red Dot Award for high design quality.

"When we have developed Tv Hub, the most important thing has been to listen to our customers to understand their needs regarding their tv-viewing. We see a clear shift consumption in content today compared to earlier. According to a recent survey from Kantar Sifo, Swedes want a mix of traditional linear television viewing combined with on-demand or streaming services. With the Tv Hub we have a product that meets their expectations,” Jessica Andersson concludes.

"Our partnership with Com Hem is emblematic of our efforts bringing Android and Google services to TV screens. With Com Hem focusing on what they do best creating a unique TV viewing experience for their users, we believe the TV Hub will be a very exciting product." Marec-Nicholas Gasiun, Head of Android Partnerships, Nordics

With the voice control on the Tv Hub, based on Google Technology, you can search for tv channels, movies, actors or music by using your voice and talk to the remote control. The search results are retrieved from the content in any of the installed apps, whether it's movies, TV shows, YouTube clips or songs.

The linear tv content in the Tv Hub can be used for customers via FibreLAN, FibreCoax and with standard antenna.

The list price for Tv Hub is SEK 1 695 incl. VAT. Both new and existing Com Hem customers can during the launch campaign also choose to rent the Tv Hub for a one-off fee of SEK 500 including VAT plus shipping fee.

The Tv Hub is available from today at Com Hem and later in 2018 also for Boxer. It will also be available at the major electronics retail stores later in 2018.

Notes to the editors:
Com Hem Tv Hub YouTube clip

Technical Specifications Tv Hub

Hardware: Hardware manufactured by Technicolor
Weight: 400 grams
Size: 155x155x30mm
Operating System: Android TV 7.1.1
Available for FibreCoax (DVB-C), FibreLAN (IPTV) and terrestrial television (DVB-T)
Ethernet 1000 Base-T
2 x USB 2.0
HDMI
SPDIF
Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual band
Bluetooth v4
Resolution: 4K HDR
RAM-memory: 2GB
Flash-memory: 16GB
SoC: Broadcom 7271

Pre-installed apps:
Netflix, SVT Play, TV4 Play, Youtube

Other:
Built-in Chromecast
Voice activated Bluetooth remote control

For queries, please contact:

Media
Fredrik Hallstan, Head of PR
Tel: +46 (0)709 48 52 72
fredrik.hallstan@comhem.com

Investors 
Marcus Lindberg, Head of Investor Relations 
Tel: +46(0)734 39 25 40
marcus.lindberg@comhem.com

About Com Hem Group 
Com Hem Group offers broadband, TV, play and telephony services to Swedish households and companies. Our powerful and future-proofed network with speeds up to 1 Gbit/s, covers half of the country’s households, making the Com Hem Group an important driver of creating a digital Sweden. We bring our 1.45 million customers the largest range of digital-TV channels and play services via set top boxes as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. The company was founded in 1983 and has approximately 1,100 employees. Com Hem Group is headquartered in Stockholm and operates through four subsidiaries; Com Hem AB, Boxer TV Access AB, Phonera Företag AB and iTUX Communication AB. In 2017, Group sales totalled SEK 7,136 million. Since 2014 the Com Hem share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.comhemgroup.com

About Us

About Com Hem GroupCom Hem Group supplies broadband, TV, play and telephony services to Swedish households and companies under its two brands Com Hem and Boxer. The Group also includes the communication operator iTUX Communication AB which provides open fibre to service providers. We bring our 1.45 million customers a large range of digital-TV channels and play services via set top boxes as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. Our powerful and future-proofed network with speeds up to 1.2 Gbit/s, covers 60% of the country’s households, making the Com Hem Group an important driver of creating a digital Sweden. Com Hem Group was founded in 1983 and has approximately 1,100 employees. Com Hem Group is headquartered in Stockholm and in 2017, Group sales totalled SEK 7,136 million. Since 2014 the Com Hem share is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.comhemgroup.com.