Xavier Niel promises a "revolution" for the new Freebox (v7) which is due in 14 days. That might include a connected wizard, if it's not compatible with Apple TV.
[Mise à jour du 8 novembre 2018 à 9h33] According to information from BFM Business, the release date of Freebox v7 is finally known! This is set for November 21, 24 hours after the presentation to the general public, on November 20.
Xavier Niel took advantage of the Free results presentation to make a sharp surprise and announcement appearance: the upcoming arrival of the Freebox v7. The end of a long wait for free customers who have to deal, since December 2010, with the Freebox Revolution and since March 2015, with mini 4K.
This is a certainty, the next box from the free group will be released before the end of the year. According to information from BFM Business, the release date of Freebox v7 was set for November 21 24 hours after the presentation to the public, on November 20, therefore. The launch is scheduled for mid-September, according to Xavier Niel's statement in the EBG General Assembly for 20 years. Free also says that there will be no blocking for existing customers, and they will not pass after new customers, as when the Freebox Revolution was released, migrated to Freebox v7. There is no indication, however, about anything the cost of migration usually occurs when launching a box.
Iliad's CEO, Maxime Lombardini, confirmed during the presentation of 2017 results, the arrival of not just one but two boxes at the end of the year. One is "entry level" and the other is "very high end.", The Freebox v7.
Xavier Niel wants the latter to become a "revolution" and enjoy the same wow effect that accompanies the launch of its triple-play offer at 30 euros. "We need to create a wow effect by popularizing usage and creating new ways to consume," he said according to ZDNet. Some songs are mentioned in a special press: the arrival of a case inspired by Apple TV or even an AI (Google or Amazon) that will allow Free Box to offer services that have never been seen in France. 40 people from the group were involved in the development. According to information from BFM Business, this box will be very optical fiber oriented, especially for low density and rural areas.
- Connected assistant: Will the wizard that is connected integrate Freebox v7? The MacGeneration website asks questions while explaining that Free asks call center employees to record "OK Freebox" and 10 randomly selected words in a room equipped with a microphone. The goal for Free is to get as many different pronunciation and tessitariums as possible.
- According to American sources quoted by the Freebox Universe, one of the two boxes will be equipped by Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm. The source said "set up a security test with the Freebox team on the Free set-top box (player) with Snapdragon 835 to get Android TV certification."
- debit : Xavier Niel estimates that it can exceed 1 Gbit / sec. Free owners also want to make Wi-Fi homes more reliable at this level, without integrating the 802.11.ax Wi-Fi standard. Xavier Niel launched a fixed Internet offering in Switzerland with a speed of 10 Gbit / s down and up. The first for the Fiber box is marketed by Salt which might inspire the next Freebox v7. This package is also combined with audiovisual offers through Apple TV.
- OS : There is no information to filter. The tension is getting stronger when the Freebox Revolution starts its homemade OS called FreeboxOS while the Freebox Mini 4K runs Android TV and has access to the Google Play Store.
- cloud : if some features will switch in the cloud, there is no problem offering a virtual box. "The only way to keep the box alive is to offer hardware products with real services that cannot exist without," he said, ZDNet reported.
- Fiber or 4G? The next Freebox can be hybrid and integrate both ways of connecting to the Internet.
- Multi-connectivity : According to the first patent submitted by Free, the Freebox V7 will be able to stream music and videos on multiple devices at once. Homemade devices inspired by what Google has to offer with ChromeCast and Apple with AirPlay. Other patents submitted in January 2017 with Inpi will allow the Freebox to focus control of various systems (heating, shutters, entry gates, illuminations …). Methods of controlling a home automation system.
- Alarm connected: Another patent filed recently at Inpi shows that the next box can be equipped with an infrared motion sensor and thus replace the alarm system.
- Devialet Soundbar: FrenchWeb has announced that the Freebox v7 can integrate audio systems from the prestigious French Devialet manufacturer. The designer of the Phantom connected speaker.
This revolution will undoubtedly have an impact on the fixed price plan of 20 million customers, who currently pay around 39.99 euros per month. The launch of the Freebox Revolution has forced operators to surpass the symbolic limit of 30 euros per month. Recently, the release of the last Orange Livebox was accompanied by an increase of 2 to 5 euros per month depending on the package.
Netflix's arrival at the telecom operator decoder has been mentioned for a long time. But customers from Free will have to patiently take their patience because Free has not succeeded in finding an agreement with an American company that has charged the ISP to take over the interconnection of its servers. But that could change immediately, because the two companies, according to rumors, were no longer far from the agreement. And the Netflix application can even be installed original on Freebox v7. The American source quoted by the Freebox Universe explained having "done audio and video tests as part of the tests on Netflix certification, but also Dolby."
And if the high-end model would be suitable, according to Xavier Niel, "nothing is there" that contains the name Freebox v8? These are the theories formulated by Twitto that pay attention to mentioning the Freebox v8 in the wireless remote control compatibility table of the Logitech factory. Mentioned since that time was removed from the site, to avoid eating rumors?