London (19 March 2014) — Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, announced today that Magyar Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group subsidiary in Hungary, has deployed Zenterio Operating System on two new set-top boxes (STBs) that will support both PVR and interactive, multi-room TV services.
This deployment allows Magyar Telekom to develop services for its TV subscribers in Hungary and harmonize its STB software client environment. The independent operating system provides the opportunity to extend deployment and standardize TV offerings across regions.
The Zenterio OS solution enables TV operators to design and deliver new and advanced interactive services including music, social activity and Internet TV across a variety of devices. Its flexible platform standardizes features and eliminates barriers from multiple operating systems and complicated infrastructure so that operators can independently choose hardware, middleware and back-end solutions.
In a recent global survey report amongst professionals in the TV delivery industry, Zenterio reported that 92% of survey participants see a need to upgrade their TV service by launching new interactive services, however, their existing legacy infrastructure stands in the way and 69% of respondents experience problems running multiple operating systems on STBs.
“Operators are looking to stay competitive by offering original and interactive services to their users, however the industry is facing a hardware fragmentation problem that prevents them from standardizing features, a crucial element to innovation and performance in this sector,” said Robin Rutili, CEO of Zenterio. “Zenterio is focused on providing efficient and cost-effective software so that operators can stay ahead of the curve and provide a competitive long-term service offering as future industry needs and technologies change. Being selected by Magyar Telekom, part of the Deutsche Telekom group, confirms the quality and ability of Zenterio as a solution vendor. ”
“We are glad we chose a renowned industry player for our TV solutions” confirmed Thomas Staneker, Head of Deutsche Telekom’s International TV Service Center in Budapest. “We are looking forward to successfully expand our relation to Zenterio on the basis of this great achievement in Hungary.”
Launched in February 2014, Zenterio’s STB platform at Magayr Telekom is available in both PVR and non-PVR versions, features DVB-S, IP, OTT and multi-room capabilities running in a Conax advanced security environment. The products share media between themselves and other DNLA-enabled devices. The advanced IPTV backend solution is delivered by a world leading supplier and is running on STB hardware by KAONMEDIA.
Zenterio develops an independent software platform, Zenterio OS, for interactive TV that is positioned to become a global standard. Zenterio’s software can be used on any new and existing hardware. With Zenterio OS, operators can quickly and cost-effectively provide new interactive services and applications. Zenterio partners with global system integrators, set-top box suppliers, CA/DRM providers, and chipset manufacturers. The company evolved from the former Nokia Home Communication, which Nokia divested in 2002. Its headquarters are in Stockholm and its R&D center is in Linköping, Sweden. The company has sales offices in Prague and Milan. Zenterio is an unlisted company and is mainly owned by private investors and private equity firm Scope. The chairman of the board is former Nokia CEO Mr. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
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About Magyar Telekom
Magyar Telekom is the principal provider of telecom services in Hungary. It provides a full range of telecommunications and infocommunications (ICT) services including fixed line and mobile telephony, data transmission and non-voice as well as IT and systems integration services. Magyar Telekom is the majority owner of Makedonski Telekom, the leading fixed line and mobile operator in Macedonia and it holds a majority stake in Crnogorski Telekom, the leading telecommunications operator in Montenegro. Magyar Telekom’s majority shareholder (59.2%) is Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information visit www.telekom.hu.
About the International TV Service Center
The Budapest based International TV Service Center aggregates the engineering muscle of seven Deutsche Telekom affiliates in Southern and Eastern Europe in one single organization. Its main mission is to plan and build cutting edge TV solutions that deliver linear and on-demand entertainment services over a multitude of network technologies to all screens. On the basis of its more than 3 million Pay-TV subscribers and driven by innovation and speed, the TV Service Center is an important element DT to leading the market while at the same time allowing to benefit from a maximum of synergies.
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