History

With more than 25 years in the international digital television market, Aston designs, develops and manufactures reception solutions for digital satellite and terrestrial television, including the latest value-added smart TV services. As a major manufacturer, Aston masters its entire production chain, from product design through to sales and marketing.
Innovation and technology have always been at the heart of the company’s strategy. To this end, Aston has been working continually with key partners in order to develop platforms offering functionality such as VOD, catch-up TV, connected TV, OTT services as well as HbbTV applications and Multi-room and Multi-screen solutions. Aston's credo is to offer consumers the best of Aston know-how for the best price.

A market pioneer in satellite television

The company’s history has close links with the development of satellite television. A pioneer in this market, Aston began to invest in a dish manufacturing plant as early as the late 80s, with the company already offering products throughout the world. The development of subscription satellite packages was soon to follow, and during the 90s, Aston developed a full range of analogue satellite receivers, followed by digital receivers. By this time, the company boasted its own manufacturing facilities. It also launched a complete range of Control Access Modules (CAMs), incorporating all of the major Conditional Access Systems on the market. Aston was the first company in the world to offer this type of solution. These CAMs are akin to “mini receivers”: the user inserts a subscription card into the device before plugging it, complete with inserted card, into the “CAM reader” slot of their TV set (or their digital receiver) and thus gaining access to scrambled content. Aston remains one of few CAMs manufacturers in the world and offers the most innovative, high-performance range on the market.
Our products remain a cut above the rest thanks to their reliability as well as a host of innovations that over the years have come to be synonymous with the Aston label.

Challenger performance and achievements

The company owes its success to a mixture of technological innovation, high product performance and a dynamic product range. Aston has consistently shown it has what it takes to come up with new trend-setting innovations, bringing a string of successes:
1996: First CAM devices, with 2,000,000 units shipped worldwide since launch.
1997: First dual Smart Card reader & dual CAS set-top box: « The Universal STB »; 2,500,000 units sold.
2006: First HD PVR Ready DVB-S receiver.
2007: First Viaccess-Orca 3.0 approved HD decoder for distribution networks/First multi-room set-top box solution.
2010: The first fully 3D compatible receiver and the only product offering reception of free-to-air 3D World Cup coverage.
2011: First Push VOD DVB-S receiver/First Dual Tuner DVB-S2 receivers (XENA and SIMBA Twin).
2012: First USB Ready CAMs, allowing updates via USB and PVR functionality and first CI+ 1.3 consumer CAM.
2012: Introduction of the first HD/3D HbbTV platform with Viaccess-Orca ACS 5.0 version embedded, PVR and Multi-Room Ready.
2015: Leading manufacturer in HbbTV technology embedded set-top box.
2016 : DVB T2/DVB S2/OTT/IPTV cost effective platforms with HEVC and HbbTV technologies embedded.

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