French telco Bouygues Telecom and Technicolor have teamed up to develop a new IPTV user interface for the Bbox TV service along with a software for the STB used by triple and quadruple-play ADSL subscribers.
The Technicolor DBI 8500 set-top box will also see use by new customers eligible for the Bbox TV service. The two companies say that use of Flash results in a significantly enhanced user experience by providing improved fluidity and reducing the time taken to access services such as apps. Other new services, such as widgets and a DLNA Media Center will be launched in the coming months.
The two companies have already cooperated in the past few months on a series of innovations including a new TV portal, the adaptation of the Technicolor Smartvision IPTV platform to accommodate the new portal, and services apps.
At the end of June 2010, Bouygues Telecom claimed 525,000 ADSL subscribers compared with 428,000 on 31 March. The operator recruited more new customers in the second quarter of 2010 than competitors SFR, Orange and Free.