Altice France to launch new smart media device

ARRIS (now part of CommScope via acquisition) has announced that Altice France is collaborating with CommScope to bring a personalised connected home experience to its SFR subscribers, the company said.

Altice´s SFR Box 8 Smart Media Device represents the next phase of customer experience engagement as it aggregates services that consumers love. ARRIS and Altice France jointly engaged on the design of the platform, which is the newest offering from ARRIS´s category of Smart Media Device products.

The Smart Media Device provides multiple functionalities to offer a connected home experience to subscribers. Far-field voice command technology, compatible with both Amazon Alexa® and SFR´s voice control application, delivers smart assistant services via the subscriber´s television screen. A software solution developed by Wiztivi, a company for multiscreen user interfaces (UI), means that users can control and interact with the television through voice commands — with no need for a physical television remote control.

The Smart Media Device also features a high-quality connected speaker to deliver an enhanced audio experience that operates across entertainment, smart assistant and control scenarios. Subscribers can also access IPTV and OTT services through the Smart Media Device.

SFR Box 8 is part of the emerging category of Smart Media Devices being manufactured by CommScope. Smart Media Devices unify connected home advancements in a single platform, presenting service providers with a means to offer personalized and aggregated services within the home. CommScope will provide demonstrations of this technology at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam (September 13-17 in Hall 1–B19), as it showcases the future of the connected home.

Altice France is the telecoms-media convergence player in France. Through SFR, France´s second-largest communications services company, Altice France is a telecommunications industry leader serving 22 million customers. SFR owns the country´s first fiber optic network (FTTH / FTTB) with more than 13 million eligible FTTx connections. SFR is also covering nearly 99% of the population in 4G.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) and the recently acquired ARRIS and Ruckus Networks are redefining tomorrow by shaping the future of wired and wireless communications. Our combined global team of employees, innovators and technologists have empowered customers in all regions of the world to anticipate what´s next and push the boundaries of what´s possible. Discover more at