Already the UK’s biggest mobile network, EE is looking to branch out. The company today announced EE TV, a new set-top box that will serve up over 70 Freeview channels, as well as various catch-up and on-demand services. The box itself has DVR capabilities, with a 1TB drive capable of storing roughly 600 hours of recorded TV or film. Up to four channels can be recorded at once, too. With EE being a mobile network, smaller screen devices are integral to the product. EE TV will pump content to up to four different screens including your TV, so tablets and smartphones connected to the same WiFi network can tune in to different channels or watch different on-demand video streams.
As you’d imagine, this is handled through iOS and Android apps which mimic the set-top box’s UI. You can also use the apps as a remote for the main set-top box if you’ve misplaced the physical one, and “flick” anything you’re watching on a mobile device instantly to the living room TV. You can also pause whatever you’re watching on one device, and resume from another — something EE says is only possible on its set-top box currently. Probably the most interesting feature is called “replay,” which records up to six channels all the time, with the last 24-hours always available if you’ve missed anything.
Alongside the 70+ selection of Freeview channels, and catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, apps including YouTube and Wuaki.tv will also be available at launch, with various other services said to be joining the platform soon. EE TV will be launching in the very near future, and will be free to any of the company’s broadband subscribers. Mobile customers will be able to get involved from £9.95 per month, and if you’re not an EE customer of any description, you’re out of luck.