Greece’s Forthnet has deployed Zenterio OS on set-top boxes (STBs) for its pay-TV service.
Thanks to this, the telco has been able to add OTT services, VOD content and a USB DVB-T dongle to its legacy STBs while retaining the look and feel of the existing user interface. More than 650,000 already deployed STBs have now been upgraded to Zenterio OS, and the software has also been added to next-generation STBs delivered to new subscribers.
Commenting on the development, Constantinos Moraitis, pay-TV technical director at Forthnet, said: “Given the significant consumer demand for OTT and VOD content nowadays, we wanted to support these features on our legacy set-top boxes. Partnering with an experienced operating system provider was essential.
“Zenterio has a well-tested process for the migration of legacy boxes, having delivered many set-top box software migrations for major pay-TV operators over the years. We ultimately chose Zenterio OS for its maturity, scalability, portability, and user interface harmonisation, all of which are important when it comes to launching OTT services and other new services that drive monetisation.”
Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio, added: “For leading pay-TV operators like Forthnet, providing a consistent user experience across legacy and future devices is absolutely critical.
“Our operating system approach is all about flexibility, hardware independence, and ensuring a familiar experience for subscribers on legacy devices. By enabling Forthnet to preserve its legacy set-top boxes, Zenterio OS saves the operator massive CAPEX and OPEX, keeps existing customers happy, and creates a coherent roadmap of new services and business opportunities that cover the entire subscriber base.”
Zenterio OS will be demonstrated at IBC 2017, Balcony Suite 20/Stand 5.C11.