A new generation of technology is booming in Saskatchewan as SaskTel makes a new all-in-one media box available.
Wednesday marks the launch of maxTV Stream, which allows customers to rewind and watch live TV, take entertainment on the go and control by voice command for a minimum of $19.95 a month with SaskTel internet service.
“What it can do is basically combine all of your entertainment services into one box,” said maxTV Product Manager Grant Garner.
It’s connected to Netflix, YouTube and CraveTV while enhancing the traditional live TV experience.
One of the features of maxTV Stream is the ability to rewind live TV that aired up to three days prior.
“You can click on any currently aired program, press one button and you’ll jump to what was airing,” said Garner. “You can also scroll backwards in the guide up to 72 hours on any channel that you’ve subscribed to.”
“We’re starting to build an on demand experience as paired with live TV,” he added.
For those long hours glued to a car seat or in a small town hotel room, SaskTel is making entertainment accessible on the go from anywhere in Canada.
With the maxTV App, TV and movie options are all connected to devices like smart phones or tablets.
It also allows customers to control their TV with the simplicity of telling it what to do through Bluetooth and voice command technology.
Like Netflix, maxTV Stream tracks what a customer is searching to give recommendations for what to watch next.
“When we open up the main menu, you have the ability to create profiles,” said Garner.
He added maxTV Stream has been in the works for over two years.
It’s available in 11 rural communities such as Buena Vista and Whitewood as well as in major urban centres with infiNET such as Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Garner said by 2020, SaskTel is planning to expand to 350 communities across the province.