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Aiming to enable more expat viewers to enjoy top TV content from home, the bobbles.tv pan-European satellite and over-the-top (OTT) entertainment service has launched two new Humax-based consumer devices.

bobbles 12 July 2017A multicultural satellite and OTT entertainment service for international expat communities living in Europe, bobbles.tv is a product of Hamburg-based privately held bubbles media GmbH, a pay-TV provider specialising in TV offerings for international target groups. Launched in August 2016, and combining pan-European satellite broadcasting with over-the-top viewing via online distribution, bobbles aims to deliver culture-specific entertainment packages to the estimated 15 million people originating from Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin American regions who have relocated to Europe. With its mainstay of programming for European-based Chinese and Korean communities, the most recently launched bobbles package delivers India’s most popular TV channels.

The new satellite and OTT media players are designed to deliver enhanced choice for service subscribers. The Humax B1 high efficiency video coding (HEVC) compliant digital set-top box (STB) aimed to deliver programming from Asia to European subscribers via the SES ASTRA satellite operating at 19.2° East position. HEVC compatibility will improve resource economy in terms of satellite capacity and help streamline bobbles’ service operation. The Android-based Humax H3 media player for OTT viewing delivers wireless, multi-room TV is said to allow online subscribers to benefit from a 3READY front-end designed to make easier content discovery and selection.

“We congratulate bobbles for its commercial and technical innovation in delivering engaging, easy-to-access top quality entertainment to Europe’s international communities,” said Graham North, vice president sales at Humax commenting on the launch. “Humax is proud to play a role in helping to bring these communities together via a great TV viewing experience whether it’s via satellite or online.”

“Fundamental to our values is the need for maximum user choice and flexibility at a subscriber-friendly price,” added bubbles media  CEO Arnold C Kulbatzki. “We believe these new Humax devices help us further deliver on these goals, enabling more people to enjoy bobbles programming, and feel closer to home.”