This week, video service LeTV announced to release its latest set-top box C1S, partnering with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. The first patch will be sold through Sina Weibo in April.

Late last year, LeTV confirmed investments from Innovation Works and aimed to build a TV-based video ecosystem which would allegedly disrupt consumers’ Internet lifestyle, namely a model of “Platform + Content + Device + Apps”. Earlier this month, LeTV joined hands with Foxconn in making the SuperTV and Internet TV boxes. According to Liu Hong, COO of Letv, the two sides have signed an exclusive contract in which Foxconn will no longer provide similar ODM services to any other companies.

The latest C1S box adopts the freemium model, customers can get a box for free but have to pay RMB 290 to enjoy premium content for  six months. The premium include different versions of 1080P, 3D, Dolby and some exclusive sports games as well. After the first 6 months, users have to pay an annual fee for the premium content.

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