Zenterio and RiksTV launch support for companion devices in Norway

Zenterio, which provides an independent software platform for interactive TV, continues to collaborate with Norway’s second largest pay TV distributor RiksTV by further strengthening its offering. The latest launch includes support for companion devices as well as an improved user interface for a seamless experience of RiksTV’s digital and OTT services.

Zenterio and RiksTV continue their successful partnership by adding new functions and services to RiksTV’s offering. The recent launch includes support for companion devices, which enable viewer interaction via for example iPad, while watching TV. The launch also includes an improved and very fast browser based user interface for functionality such as channel list, TV guide and video personal recorder.

“We are continuously and in a very fast pace adding more and new functions based on the Zenterio OS which strengthens our offering as well as our position on the Norwegian market. By launching support for second screen we can now offer our customers a more engaging and truly interactive viewing experience,” says Christopher Knudsen, CTO of RiksTV.

Around 150,000 of RiksTV’s customers have a set-top-box with Zenterio OS installed and the new software that Zenterio delivers within the agreement will be installed on all these STBs. Zenterio has done all the implementation work in-house, and the web browser is licensed from Ekioh.

"We are very pleased to continue our close collaboration with RiksTV and to announce the next phase in the roll out of their digital TV solution, an offering that will now include support for secondary devices as well as an improved browser based user interface. With this product RiksTV is at the absolute forefront of interactive TV services, offering their customers a better, more intuitive, viewing experience" says Robin Rutili, CEO of Zenterio.

Find out more, contact:
Pelle Rosell, chief marketing officer, Zenterio
Email: pelle.rosell@zenterio.com
Phone: +46 70-926 2733

About Zenterio
Zenterio provides Zenterio OS, an independent software platform for interactive TV that is positioned to become a global standard. Zenterio partners with global system integrators, set-top box suppliers, CA/DRM providers, chipset manufacturers and providers of interactive services. Zenterio has more than 200 employees (25 nationalities). Zenterio has offices in Stockholm, Linköping and Atlanta. Zenterio is owned by private investors and private equity firm Scope. The chairman of the board is former Nokia CEO Mr. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Visit www.zenterio.com

About Zenterio OS
Zenterio’s operating system works with most types of hardware available on the market. For TV operators,  Zenterio's software enables fast harmonization of operators’ fragmented software bases, and it can be used on new and already deployed hardware. With a harmonized solution, operators can quickly and cost-effectively deliver new interactive services to end customers. Besides unrivalled hardware support, Zenterio's software offers market-leading performance and a flexible way to add new features. For system integrators, Zenterio's products facilitate uniform support for their new solutions that enable TV operators’ interactive services. For TV viewers, this means improved experiences, an increased range of services, and greater access to new applications.

About RiksTV
RiksTV is Norway’s second largest distributor of TV-programs and Norway’s only TV-distributor providing digital TV and HDTV by means of an ordinary antenna. Norway’s digital terrestrial TV network (DTT) is among the world’s largest in terms of its number of transmitters. Our network consists of a total of 450 ground-based transmitters. These masts scattered throughout the country transmit tv signals through the atmosphere which may be received merely by means of an ordinary antenna. By comparison, the Danish terrestrial TV network consists of less than 20 transmitters.

Our digital terrestrial TV network reaches 98 percent of Norwegian households and 90 percent of all leasure homes scattered throughout this elongated country. The capacity of the DTT network is being utilized jointly by RiksTV and Norway’s state-owned broadcasting company NRK. All subcscribers automatically receive NRK’s entire menu of radio and tv channels for free, while the remaining channels requires the program packages from RiksTV.