(www.gawkwire.com) – Zenterio, which provides an independent software platform for interactive TV, and one of Norway’s largest pay TV distributors, RiksTV, will be rolling out their Smartbox II, a new hybrid set-top-box with Zenterio OS. Smartbox II supports a faster viewer experience, integrated support for WiFi and a more responsive remote control.

Zenterio and RiksTV continue their successful partnership by integrating the TV platform to a new set-top box called Smartbox II. The roll out of the new hybrid set-top box includes a faster and better viewer experience through quicker response times, integrated support for WiFi that enables easier access to OTT services and a more responsive remote control.

“As one of the largest pay TV distributors in Norway we strive to always be in the forefront and to offer the most advanced TV services on the market. With Zenterio OS, and this new hardware, we can continue to add new functionalities that offers a truly interactive TV experience to engage the viewers,” says Christopher Knudsen, CTO of RiksTV.

Around 150 000 of RiksTV’s 450 000 customers already have a set-top-box with Zenterio OS installed. Smartbox II will be rolled out from September and onwards to new customers and customers that are upgrading their set-top-boxes.

“It is very interesting to work with RiksTV as they are so focused on continuously strengthening their offering. When viewer habits change, it is vital for companies, like RiksTV, to adapt to the changing environment. Tomorrow’s winners are the ones that can take advantage of the new revenue streams that open up as a consequence of the changes, and RiksTV is clearly willing to take the lead, ” says Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio.

About Zenterio
Zenterio provides Zenterio OS, an independent software platform for interactive TV that is positioned to become a global standard. Zenterio also offers consulting services and a value added service offering to pay TV operators. 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 comprising 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. For more information please visit 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, as it can be used on new as well as already deployed hardware. With a harmonized solution, operators can quickly and cost-effectively deliver new interactive services to end consumers. Besides unrivalled hardware support, Zenterio’s software offers market-leading performance and a flexible way to add new features. For system integrators, Zenterio OS is a key component in providing new interactive services for TV operators. For the viewers, this means an improved user experience, 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.

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