Orange recently announced the debut of the Orange TV Stick in Slovakia, allowing the viewing of Orange TV content subscriptions on the TV. The stick is being sold for 59 Euro without the need for a contract, and can also be paid for in monthly installments of 1 Euro. The company first launched its TV stick in 2015 in Romania utilizing the same concept – relying on a mobile device for interface and control, with an HDMI device merely as a streaming conduit to the TV not dissimilar to Google’s Chromecast. Belgium’s Telenet also recently announced its Yugo TV service bundle, launched February 19th at 100 Euros per month. The offer combines a set-top box-less 20-channel TV service, 200 Mbps fixed broadband service with unlimited data, two SIM cards, 20 GB of mobile data, 150 voice minutes, and access to Telenet’s existing Play on-demand TV and movie service. Yugo’s service is based around smartphones, utilizing the casting and mirroring capabilities of Chromecast and Apple TV respectively, when viewing on the TV is required.
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Senior Research Analyst, Service Provider Technology
Mr. Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit, drives connected device research and a range of topics for the broadband intelligence service.
With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Paul’s topical experience has included consumer electronics, pay and broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies and digital rights management.
Paul’s current coverage areas include connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving connected device research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paul worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as served as a consultant on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. He was also the director of DVD and HD market research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as an expert panelist speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference.
Paul has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, NPR, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, both in the US. Paul can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
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