TV Blackbox has obtained the first look at Foxtel’s next generation in set-top box technology, the iQ5.
The new set-top box, which is expected to be released later this year, will allow customers the ability for the first time to stream the full selection of Foxtel’s linear channels and on-demand content over an internet connection.
The new iQ5 will provide customers with the option of setting up a traditional satellite connection, or using wi-fi or ethernet to stream content. The internet option is expected to be a boon for people living in rental or high-rise properties where a traditional Foxtel connection is unavailable.
TV Blackbox has confirmed the new iQ5 device will be capable of delivering Ultra High-Definition content to customers using either the internet connection or satellite.
Speaking recently at a Business of Media Summit, Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany stated the company had adopted a strategy of doubling-down on the multi-year renovation of the business by investing in and strengthening its premium proposition.
“We started with the iQ4 in 2018. We can confirm that later this year, we will launch the iQ5, our first plug-and-play, fully IP-capable IQ set-top.”
“This will be the first set-top in the history of Foxtel that does not require an installer, does not require cable or satellite, and can be plugged in and operating within a few minutes.”
The IQ5 maintains the ability to connect to a roof-top antenna, allowing customers to watch and record free-to-air television, in addition to Foxtel’s services.
The new box also continues to provide access to third-party streaming services including Netflix, ABC iview and SBS On Demand.
With the closure of the Foxtel cable network looming, the company has set itself the goal of moving its entire customer base to internet-connected devices over the next 18 months.
“Foxtel now has 70% of its customers with an IP-capable set-top box,”
said Patrick Delany: