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Leading French telco-media convergence player Altice has entered into a partnership with broadcast tech firm CommScope to bring a personalised connected home experience to its SFR subscribers.

SFR Box 8 16Sep2019Altice’s SFR Box 8 Smart Media Device is said to represent the next phase of customer experience engagement as it aggregates services.

ARRIS, acquired by CommScope in November 2018, and Altice France engaged jointly on the design of the platform which is designed to provide multiple functionalities to offer a connected home experience to subscribers. Far-field voice command technology — compatible with both Amazon Alexa and SFR's voice control application — deliver smart assistant services via the subscriber’s television screen. A Wiztivi multiscreen user interface solution allows users to control and interact with the television through voice commands.

The Smart Media Device also features a connected speaker to deliver an enhanced audio experience that operates across entertainment, smart assistant and control scenarios. Subscribers can also access IPTV and OTT services through the Smart Media Device.

“Our SFR Box 8 will set a new standard for consumer entertainment and connected experiences in the home,” noted SFR executive president for general public and companies Grégory Rabuel. “Through our combined partnership in connected home technologies, the Smart Media Device will bring voice and media together for an unprecedented user experience.”