Accedo and Sonaecom bring IPTV gaming to the Portuguese market
Lisbon – 11 January 2008 – Accedo Broadband today announced the inclusion of its interactive gaming applications on Clix SmarTV. The Clix SmarTV service is supplied by the leading alternative service provider in Portugal, Sonaecom. Clix SmarTV is the first commercial IPTV service in Portugal, already getting a lot of market attention.
Clix SmarTV comprises of around 100 national and international digital channels, with the option of signing up to further premium content. Subscribers to this new IPTV service will now be able to enjoy a selection of games from Accedo’s Funspot® Game Portfolio. This contains the largest portfolio of casual games for IPTV and online consumer electronics, including for example casino, cards, puzzles, strategy, board games and quizzes.
“IPTV opens up new opportunities for interactive content, such as gaming,” commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband. “Casual gaming on the TV has proven to be an excellent light entertainment service, and it is our firm belief that usage will grow considerably over the next few years, in Portugal and elsewhere.”
“We are delighted to be working with Accedo Broadband to further enhance our IPTV service,” commented Jo”o Mendes Pedro, Sonaecom. “Their focus on IPTV, flexible approach and huge gaming portfolio make them our ideal partner in this area.”
Casual gaming is highly popular amongst IPTV subscribers. To date around 4 million games have been downloaded from the Accedo Application Portfolio” and this figure is set to rise considerably in the coming years.
About Accedo Broadband
Accedo Broadband is a leading provider of interactive content and applications for IPTV and broadband enabled consumer electronics. Accedo Broadband provides the largest available multi-platform portfolio of IPTV content and applications, Accedo Application Portfolio”, containing, for example, IPTV games, quizzes, puzzles, video art, comics, karaoke, lifestyle, niche sports, weather, user-generated content and communication services. 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.
For more information, www.accedo.tv.
Clix is the residential brand of Sonaecom, the sub-holding of the Sonae Group for the area of Telecommunications, Media and Software and Information Systems. The company plays an active role in the integrated management of the several business units that compose it, identifying and building on existing synergies and the company’s growth potential. It is the first telco in Portugal to deploy a GB-ethernet core network for supporting ultra-broadband services such as IPTV.
Sonaecom operates in three main business areas: Mobile anda Fixed Telecommunications (Optimus, Novis and Clix), Media (P”blico) and Software and Information Systems (WeDo, Bizdirect, Saphety and Mainroad). Sonaecom’s main goal is simple and ambitious: to become the leader in the supply of integrated telecom services in Portugal.
Sonaecom is currently one of the main communications traffic generators in Portugal. Its strategy of having its own national telecom infrastructure was born from the inherent need to guarantee the reliability and quality of its network, minimizing costs associated to traffic management.