Altice will provide 4K HDR set top boxes to its entire customer base after signing a deal with manufacturer ARRIS.

The two companies will jointly develop the new STBs, which will feature 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging capabilities, allowing better contrast, higher brightness and a wider range of colours.

The new devices will be deployed to Altice’s 6.84 million pay-TV subscribers across Europe and the US, starting in 2018.

The agreement extends an existing partnership between the two companies.

Altice-owned Portugal Telecom uses ARRIS STBs to provide its MEO 4K TV service, while ARRIS’s E6000 gigabit router is used to provide connectivity to Altice customers in France, the US and Dominican Republic.

Bruno Zebib, Altice Group CTO, said: "As Altice continues to grow and to usher in next-generation services for our subscribers around the world, we're leveraging ARRIS's expertise in the set-top evolution to meet demand for higher-definition viewing experiences.”

In June, Altice signed a partnership with Netflix to offer its services across all of its markets.

The operator also bolstered its digital, TV and radio portfolio with the acquisition of Portugal's Media Capital in July.

The company posted a 6.9 percent increase in its profit in the second quarter of 2017, thanks to the performance of its US arm.

Larry Robinson, President of CPE at ARRIS, said: "The 4K HDR set-tops we're developing with Altice showcase the evolution of the video and will offer exciting entertainment services to millions of Altice subscribers across the US and Europe.”

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