EE are branching out from the mobile network world they’ve become accustomed to and are venturing into the new realms of TV set-top-boxes, due to be known as EE TV.
EE TV will offer Freeview channels as well as catch-up services like BBC iPlayer. The box will feature 70 Freeview channels and will add more catch up services after the service has been up and running a while. Essentially the service itself is very similar to that of BT and TalkTalk’s YouView box.
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The set-top box is primarily designed to be used in conjunction with mobile phones and for them to be used as the remote and to preview shows on other channels. EE have added extra control features to their designated app to allow for this smart phone compatibility. It includes a Flick function that enables users to flick what’s on their smartphone or tablet to the TV. The menus themselves are also designed in such a way that it mimics the look of a smartphone.
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Other features include Restart. This allows a user to view a live show from the start, even if it is already halfway through. The EE TV box records six favourite channels 24/7 making this feature possible. EE TV also allows you to stream up to four programs saved on the box to up to four different devices over the internet.
The EE TV box is only available with a subscription of some sort to EE. The box is free to anyone already set up with EE home broadband with a subscription starting from £9.95 per month. The box alone is said to cost in the range of £300, according to EE.