Homy Player promises much more than being just a media box

Integrated Smart Home features and extensive DRM support could make this player a real player

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 25, 2017 at 7:40 AM


  • The Homy Player, currently looking for funding on Indiegogo, is definitely more than just a media box.
    The developers behind it actually have more of a background in smart home products and devices and, having experienced the frustrations of products that promise to make your life easier but refuse to work together, decided they would do something about it.

    Instead of having an extensive collection of IoT apps on your phone, as is the current state of affairs, the Homy Player is designed to bridge the fragmented islands of your smart home as well as channelling your video streams. The Homy Player leverages Z-Wave technology (although is not exclusively tied to it) to link thousands of home automation, home security, and Internet of Things (IoT) products into an interface that, hopefully, works the way you think they should.

    Like the SHIELD TV, the Homy Player also runs Android TV and promises 4K services from Netflix and YouTube, for starters, with the company also looking to add Amazon Video to the roster as well. The Homy Player includes DRM support for Google Widevine level 1 and Microsoft PlayReady so it should be able to play your streaming apps in HD, at the least.

    The Homy Player uses Z-Wave multifrequency, the world’s leading wireless control technology. More than 450 vendors have designed over 1,250 products to comply with the Z-Wave protocol. The number of Z-Wave certified products in use today has already passed 50 million. That means your Homy Player will probably control every smart device in your house, as things stand. Unlike the SHIELD TV, there’s an integrated Z-Wave radio so no dongles will be needed.
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    Their Smart Home system is all built around the Homy App. SmartHomy aims to make setting things up easier by avoiding the procedural approach many vendors impose. Just set your devices for a scene in your life - watch Netflix, leave for work, waking up etc - and the Homy App’s Scene Recording System remembers it. From then on, you can just use the the Homy App to activate the scene and your home responds.

    The Homy Player also reacts. Your Internet of Things devices can trigger the LED’s on the front of the Homy Player. Flashing red lights for a security alert. Pulsing blue lights for the kitchen timer. The RGB LEDs can be turned off or set any colour you want, which should make it easy to tell which system is sending what kind of alert.

    The Homy Player is also ready for 4K HDR Ultra HD video thanks to an Amlogic (S912) octa-core ARM processor which supports hardware decoding of HDR (both HDR10 and Dolby Vision are listed as supported) content up to 60 frames per second. Unlike many streaming boxes the Homy Player also supports traditional TV with choices of a built-in tuner, including DVB-S2, DVB-C/T/T2, ATSC, and ISDB-T formats. Other key specs include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage.

    The Homy Player is scheduled to launch in May 2017 and we’ll hopefully be getting our hands on one for review.

    More Info here: Homy Player Indiegogo

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