When AT&T announced their new DIRECTV Now service a couple of years ago, there was plenty of speculation that they telecom giant may be looking for a way to transition their flagship video business away from expensive satellite delivery and toward internet delivery.
Now there seems to be more momentum for that idea as AT&T has begun a beta deployment of a new set-top box, powered by Android, for its DIRECTV Now customers. It offers an alternative to the current "bring your own device" or BYOD model where customers use an app on another streaming device. It's not clear yet whether the use of an Android device is part of a bigger strategy or not, but it might make it easier to reach less tech savvy consumers who aren't comfortable with third-party streaming devices.
Check out this article, including pictures of the box itself, on the website Android Police.
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