A few days ago, telecommunications company Claro Puerto Rico (América Móvil) launched Claro TV+, an innovative television proposal that consists in an OTT Pay TV service accessible through a new portable set top box not requiring installation or an application for mobile devices.
The new service offers the same five packs of linear channels and the same supplementary packs as Claro IPTV service. A requirement to sign up is to be a user of the company’s Internet service. Customers who enter into 12-month or 24-month subscriber contracts get a set top box at no additional cost, whereas those who choose the no-contract option have to pay for the STB.
The decoder, whose name is Claro TV+ Home Box, runs on Android TV operating system and may be moved from place to place within the Puerto Rican territory. All it needs is electric power, a TV set and Internet connection. It includes a built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant and its own audio system. Its manufacturer is SEI Robotics.
Claro TV+ Home Box is a device that can reproduce content in 4K quality (Ultra HD) and download other companies’ streaming platforms (e.g. Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, Amazon Prime Video), as well as other applications.
Both the STB and the mobile app offer advanced functions for linear channels, including cloud recording, pausing and rewind, and watching content aired up to seven days before. Moreover, it offers a VOD library at no additional cost and a variety of titles for rental.
Each customer is allowed to download Claro TV+ app on up to ten devices, three of which may be used simultaneously. According to information provided by the company, the app will soon be available on Samsung and LG smart TV sets, as well as on Roku devices.