Accedo Broadband in IPTV Applications Deal with Netgem

--Netgem in HD PVR Deal with Malta's Melita

Accedo Broadband--a Stockholm-based provider 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 Monday that its IPTV applications will be made available via Netgem's IPTV platform, Netgem TV.

Accedo and Netgem say that they will roll out a range of customized IPTV applications over the next 12 months. "Netgem is at the forefront of creating innovative, new IPTV solutions of which applications play a key role," Accedo CEO Lantz said in a prepared statement. "Netgem TV is one of the best interactive TV platforms available today, combining open Internet standards with a thorough understanding of the unique aspects of a TV operator's service requirements." Added Netgem managing director, Christophe Aulnette: "Enabling third-party development of applications on top of our Netgem TV platform is part of our business strategy as it will allow operators to enrich their advanced TV consumer offering and create more value."

Netgem claims that its IPTV technology is deployed in over 2.5 million homes globally and is among the top-10 most deployed IPTV solutions. Its customers include France's SFR, Australia's Telstra, Finland's Elisa, Monaco Telecom, Algeria Telecom, and FetchTV in the UK. Netgem (Stand 36) and Accedo (Stand 17) plan to demo their IPTV solutions at the IPTV World Forum in London this week.

In related news: Netgem announced Monday that Maltese quad-play provider, Melita (has around 180,000 subscribers), plans to use its next-generation set-top box to power HD and PVR services in time for soccer's 2010 World Cup. "Netgem's hybrid cable digital TV solution and Netbox devices are a great investment," Melita chairman, Joe Gasan, said in a prepared statement. "Their smart technology cleverly combines broadband and broadcast delivered content into one, seamless and very attractive user experience that can scale as we create new services and add subscribers."