Accedo, emuse Provide Interactive TV Apps for Portugal Telecom's Meo IPTV Service

--Meo is Powered by Microsoft Mediaroom

Accedo Broadband, a Stockholm-based aggregator and distributor of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which was founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs, Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson, offers a range of applications, but is best known for its games), announced last week that it has launched interactive TV games on Portugal Telecom's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, Meo. According to the company, it has launched two games services on the platform so far--one targeted at children and the other at a general audience. It says that it will launch new games on the platform on a regular basis, depending on popularity and user interest. "We are excited to launch this service together with Portugal Telecom," Accedo CEO, Michael Lantz, said in a prepared statement. "The growth of the Meo service has been phenomenal the last year and we're very happy to work with Portugal Telecom to bring mass-market IPTV gaming services to Portugal." Added Vera Pinto Pereira, Portugal Telecom's director of TV services: "Accedo's portfolio of casual IPTV games is impressive and we are happy to work with them as an IPTV gaming partner. We believe that casual games on IPTV will drive loyalty among our users."

Accedo claims to offer the largest available multiplatform portfolio of IPTV content and applications. Dubbed the Accedo Application Portfolio, the offering includes puzzle, quiz and other games; video art; comics; and karaoke, lifestyle, niche-sports, weather, Web 2.0 and communications applications. The company claims that its IPTV gaming services reach over 4 million households in more than 25 countries.

In related news: Dublin, Ireland-based interactive TV applications provider, emuse technologies, also says it has launched an interactive TV service on the Meo platform. According to the company, the service--dubbed "Meo Magazine"--provides viewers with program information (including recommendations), reviews, trailers and links to other content on the platform. It also allows viewers to upgrade their subscription packages using the remote control, and supports one-touch recording and VOD ordering, emuse says. The service features several content categories, including Entertainment, Sports (includes live sports news), Culture & Lifestyle, Kids and "Videoclube" (features content from Meo's VOD service, which currently has around 2,000 titles). "Our business is going from strength to strength on the IPTV platform," Dominic Laval, emuse's director of emerging markets, said in a prepared statement. "To maintain our position in the marketplace, we are keen to continue to develop our offerings and working with Meo has allowed us to do that particularly with the unique recording facility." emuse's other IPTV operator customers include UK incumbent telco, BT, and Deutsche Telekom, both of whose platforms are also powered by Microsoft Mediaroom.