ROS: Internet, DStv, entertainment, security in a box

New Smart Village ROS digital lifestyle device offers combined Internet services, DStv On-Demand, telephony and multimedia services

By - February 7, 2013

Smart Village has launched their new ROS digital lifestyle device (, making it easy to access a range of services including broadband, telephony, DStv On-Demand, multimedia content, online radio, social media and home security.

The ROS multimedia centre sports a 320GB hard drive, and supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi access. It also has HDMI, eSATA, Ethernet and USB ports to easily connect devices to the ROS box.

It can be connected to any broadband connection for Internet and VoIP telephony services. Its built-in virtual PBX supports multiple lines and up to 8 simultaneous voice calls.

The device offers direct DStv On-Demand access, which pulls content from the DStv content distribution network (CDN).

DStv’s Box Office service, which makes it possible for users to rent the latest movies, will also be available soon.

ROS device

ROS device

Remote access is possible, which means that users can access their media library, live streaming or security services through their smartphone or PC when away from home.

It further supports most popular codecs, which means that users can play most downloaded multimedia content through the device.

In a live demonstration Smart Village CEO Chris van der Walt showed the seamless migration from Internet access to multimedia streaming and DStv On-Demand services on the device.

ROS back

ROS back

The ROS device, with a TV extender, is immediately available from the Smart Village offices in Gauteng at R2,999.

A smaller and more affordable ROS device will be launched later in the year.

The main difference between the two devices is that the cheaper version only has 16GB internal storage – aimed at users with their own storage system (NAS) which is plugged into the device.

Chris van der Walt and Adrian Maguire

Smart Village MD Chris van der Walt and COO Adrian Maguire

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