Accedo’s Funspot® game channel on BT Vision
London, February 14, 2007 Accedo Broadband, the provider of
interactive and on-demand content for IPTV and online consumer
electronics, announced today that it will supply its Funspot® game
channel to BT Vision, BT’s next-generation TV service.
BT Vision customers will be able to play a selection of the most
popular games, puzzles and quizzes suitable for the whole
family. The selection of Funspot® games available will be updated
based on demand from BT Vision customers.
Accedo’s CEO Michael Lantz said “BT shares Accedo’s view of
future on-demand entertainment, and it’s exciting to start our
relationship by launching Funspot®, the IPTV game channel. Funspot®
is already a success on the Microsoft Media Center platform both
in UK and internationally, and BT’s usage of the Microsoft IPTV
platform gives us great possibilities in rolling out a wide range
of attractive games quickly.”
Dan Marks, CEO of BT Vision, added: “We’re continuously extending
our offering so that it is more compelling to a wider range of
people. Accedo’s focus on IPTV and proven expertise in this
emerging market make it exciting for us to work with them, and
we’re delighted to add the Funspot® game service to our
BT launched its next-generation television service, BT Vision, in
December 2006. Combining the appeal of TV with the interactivity
of broadband, and without the need for a compulsory subscription,
customers can watch what they want when they want and not be tied
to TV schedules. Customers have access to an extensive library of
on-demand content via broadband and more than 40 Freeview
channels via aerial.
BT Vision has already announced content deals with a range of
leading entertainment companies including studios such as:
Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Momentum, Paramount and Universal;
music rights owners Eagle Rock, EMI Music UK, i-concerts, MTV,
SONY BMG, Warner Music Group and TV content owners BBC Worldwide,
Channel 4, Entertainment Rights plc, HIT Entertainment, National
Geographic Channel, Nelvana, NBD Television, Turner Broadcasting,
Viacom and Wall to Wall Television.
BT Vision Sport has also announced ‘near-live’ access to 242 FA
Premier League matches from the 2007/08 season. It will also
offer Setanta’s new sports channel, Setanta Sports, from next
summer. This channel will show 46 live FA Premier League games,
60 live Scottish Premier League games, live Nationwide Conference
games and other European football Leagues. There will also be
access to PGA golf and many other sports.
About Accedo Broadband
Accedo Broadband is a leading provider of interactive content and
applications for IPTV and broadband enabled consumer
electronics. Accedo Broadband aggregates and provides the largest
available multi-platform portfolio of IPTV applications, Accedo
Application PortfolioTM, containing e.g. IPTV games, quizzes,
puzzles, video art, comics, karaoke, weather and
communication. Accedo offers a turnkey solution compatible with
most IPTV platforms including a provisioning solution managed and
run by Accedo Broadband which saves resources and reduces
investment needs for the service provider.
Accedo is a privately held company founded by telecom and media
entrepreneurs Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson. Accedo
Broadband has offices in Stockholm, Sweden and London, UK.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications
solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal
activities include networked IT services, local, national and
international telecommunications services, and higher-value
broadband and internet products and services. BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services,
Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2006, BT Group plc’s revenue was
‘19,514 million with profit before taxation of ‘2,040 million.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets
of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in
London and New York.