Monday, November 19, 2018

Altice Upgrades Altice One Platform: Cloud DVR Viewing On-the-Go, More Streaming Services On-the-Way

Altice USA is upgrading the firmware powering its much-promoted Altice One set-top box to introduce new functionality and integrate popular web services into the viewing experience.

Altice One v2.0 is rolling out to about 200,000 customers that have the advanced box. Among the new features:

  • Recorded DVR content stored in the cloud can now be played back anywhere using the Altice One mobile app.
  • YouTube Kids and a variety of streaming services will enhance viewing options beyond YouTube, Netflix, and a few other supported streaming services.
  • More 4K content will be available, including Premier League soccer, available on channel 200.
  • Remote control voice search will be available for the YouTube app.
  • Show restart feature expanding to 20 extra channels, including A&E, History Channel, Lifetime, Viceland, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, FX and National Geographic.

The Altice One box, which carries a higher rental fee than traditional cable set-top boxes, has now been rolled out to about 80% of its Cablevision/Optimum and Suddenlink service areas. But only a minority of subscribers choose the box, and it gets poor reviews from customers because of bugs and other unexpected behavior.

Altice One v2.0 promotional video, courtesy of Altice. (0:30)

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