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Canal+ takes OTT baby steps wearing Quantenna WiFi chipsets

Canal+ is best known as a pay TV company owned by content powerhouse Vivendi, not an establishment renowned for its next-generation practices. Only now is the French pay TV operator embracing WiFi as central to the future of TV, deploying its first multi-room WiFi design, powered by chipsets from US WiFi technology specialist Quantenna. By multi-room, it means connecting up to three G9 mini set tops to the main hybrid satellite OTT G9 set top, launched earlier this month, delivering video via in-home WiFi. This design receives HD and UHD video via satellite, then decodes and redistributes video streams between set tops via WiFi. Extra OTT functionalities, such as on-demand content, are pulled directly from an internet connection, which must…

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