Set top OS player Zenterio has convinced Deutsche Telekom to standardize on its platform throughout Europe, outside of Germany – reaching 7 countries in total. And there is every chance that this is similarly good news for France telecom subsidiary Viaccess-Orca, which finally broke out of mostly providing services to France Telecom subsidiaries when last year it landed a deal for its multiscreen system Voyage with Romanian incumbent, RomTelecom, these days being referred to as Telekom Romania, and owned through OTE of Greece, ultimately by Deutsche Telekom.
We spoke this week to Chem Assayag head of business development at Viaccess-Orca, who told us, “We have not got any further orders from Deutsche Telekom, but it is merging TV support for those subsidiaries into a regional support center in Hungary.”
The implication is that DT subsidiaries in Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece may all shift to a common TV architecture and that is certainly the message from Zenterio.
Zenterio provides the equivalent to RDK – the operating system and all of the low level drivers for telco set tops – offering both to standardize on these for set top makers, but primarily so that operators don’t have to have them re-written and redefined every time they choose a new set top. It makes for dual hardware sourcing in set tops and clearly leads to them being cheaper. Now anyone that wants to supply a set top to these Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries will have offer support for Zenterio.
If Deutsche also goes ahead with the multiscreen system as well, it would mean that both companies are looking at their biggest order ever – Deutsche Telekom has almost 4 million devices outside of Germany, and another 2 million inside.
The Telekom Romania deal had Viacccess-Orca as the prime system integrator for multiscreen and used its Voyage TV Everywhere system to create Telekom TV. It also used technology from Cap Gemini, Friendly Technologies, Broadpeak for CDNs, Harmonic for encoders, Accedo for the TV app store and of course Zenterio on set tops supplied by KaonMedia. Verimatrix also provided DRM for multiscreen we understand.
Zenterio had already managed to roll out at Slovak Telekom and Magyar Telekom and there is a possibility that Deutsche will even use the platform back in Germany.
Zenterio told us that although Deutsche Telekom was working towards having no set tops in its German operation, this was a long term aim, and second prize might be to have fully standardize set tops, which cost far less.
Meanwhile Viacess Orca has had a bit of a palace revolution, and is looking for a new CEO after Orange poached its long standing boss François Moreau de St Martin, for another role. Deputy CEO Haggai Barel, founder of Orca has spun out the DEEP 2nd screen magazine engagement product, into a new associate, minority owned by Viacess-Orca, which taken a reseller agreement for the technology. It retains all rights to the Right TV middleware, now fully multiscreen through Voyage, and the Compass recommendation system. Assayag is one of the candidates for the CEO role we understand.