Netgem TV has launched its 4K UHD smart TV service, combining an app-based TV service available on iOS/Android bundled with the UK’s first Freeview and 4K media streamer, the NetBox 4K.
Netgem said that the NetBox 4K is the first device in the UK combining full 4K media streaming capabilities over high-speed WiFi, with the complete line-up of Freeview live channels, catch-up players and TV recording.
The device supports 4K UHD and HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.
In addition to Freeview channels, catch-up content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5, UKTV Play, the service provides access to leading streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video, YouTube 4K, and Rakuten TV.
Users sign up via an app on iOS or Android which will give them access to recommended content based on their preferences, according to Netgem. When the TV is on or the app is opened, users can enjoy their favourite shows, watch live or recordings, cast their favourite on-demand series or movies onto the main TV, and using their smartphone as a companion app for searching content and controlling the TV.
The 4K device also offers recording capability via a USB memory stick. Netgem says the device is the most affordable 4K PVR in the market, by simply adding a memory stick, instead of buying an expensive hard-drive PVR.
“This represents a key step in the journey of reinventing the company as a consumer-facing brand. There are still obstacles, but represents a great alternative to costly TV services for consumers. A great partner for telcos and other providers looking to offer a TV service with a wealth of content,” said Paolo Pescatore, SVP of consumer services at MIDiA Research, commenting on the launch.