It appears that AT&T is developing a new set-top box that’s going to be powered by Android. It would make sense for the company to develop such a product. It’s going to reduce AT&T’s reliance on third-party hardware to push DirecTV Now via TV hardware. A new FCC filing has been discovered which suggests that AT&T is developing this product.
The FCC filing mentions “”AT&T/DirecTV Wireless 4K OTT Client” as the device name. It’s highly unlikely that this is what the set-top box is going to be called when it eventually arrives in the market.
There aren’t a lot of details available about the specifications of this set-top box at this point in the. The filing does reveal that there’s going to be a voice-enabled remote control with touchpad as well as full access to Google Play.
This makes it seem like the product is going to be quite similar to existing Android-powered set-top boxes so users will be able to stream from Netflix and Hulu just as easily as they will be able to watch live TV using DirecTV Now.
The filing doesn’t reveal when this device is going to be launched and when AT&T is going to release it. With the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 not that far off, it’s possible that AT&T might unveil this set-top box at the event early next year.