Well, take a look at this! Motorola has been showing off its latest IPTV hardware and software out at IBC this week, and it looks like Spotify made an on-screen appearance. Earlier this summer TeliaSonera confirmed it would be offering Spotify via the Motorola KreaTV set-top platform, but this photo is the first I’ve seen of the music service in action. Sadly for those of us in the US, the much-loved music application still isn’t available here, but apparently that isn’t stopping European operators from spreading it to TV screens far and wide.
And speaking of IPTV set-tops everywhere, Motorola also announced late last week that TTNET in Turkey is the first operator to deploy the new VIP1002E/F Series set-top. It also uses the KreaTV platform (no word on whether TTNET will offer Spotify), and most interestingly, it provides a “Pause Live TV” function for over-the-top video. In other words, it’s like a DVR lite, without the DVR hardware. From the press release:
Using an internal flash memory drive, progressive download and extensive buffering, the VIP1002E/F can provide a ‘Pause Live TV’ function. This capability is ideal for operators who wish to offer over-the-top (OTT) video as it eliminates latency issues and offers a guaranteed quality of service (QoS).