According to internal videos, here’s what’s in store:
The wifi-based iQ3 is set to be a hybrid of broadcast television and IP.
It will come with nine tuners (there were originally plans for 10 tuners) allowing for powerful recording capacity.
Visually the display conforms more to the look of other Foxtel products such as Foxtel Go with a high use of imagery, as opposed to the current text-based display on the iQ2. The graphics are all in HD.
Excitingly, you’ll be able to flick content from screen to screen -ie. from Foxtel Go on iPad to your television screen.
At the forefront of the iQ3 is a high level of personalisation, driven by a dynamic Recommendations engine. This approach is also set to become available on other Foxtel products.
A For You section will recommend titles covering both Live TV and Video on Demand, which adapts to either an individual’s or family’s viewing habits. Other Menu tabs include TV Guide, On Demand, Planner and Search plus Buzz, Coming Up, Kids, and Sport sub sections.
The EPG has undergone a facelift with Recommendations and programming information. Moving between Live, On Demand and recorded shows will be seamless. If you miss the start of a live show you will now be able to scroll back to the beginning for up to 26 hours.
Picture-in-picture thumbnails will detail Guide titles, including vision of what’s running on other channels.
The Planner has been improved to provide quick access to the shows you are most likely to watch. Driven by viewer Recommendations, it will mean no longer having to wade through long lists of content. It’s been organised so you can quickly find something if you know what you are looking for.
It uses more images and simple up / down / left / right navigation. This will reiterate to viewers the wealth of content available from Foxtel’s library as part of their subscription.
As viewers express interest in a title, the iQ3 will also deliver more synopsis and cast / crew info plus additional episodes that are available via On Demand.
Very little of the above has been confirmed by Foxtel but if it all comes to fruition it certainly looks enticing.
At its recent Upfronts, Foxtel only announced a handful of features, but declined to comment on further speculation to TV Tonight.
iQ3 is due to be released in 2014.