and AccuWeather Inc. announced a strategic partnership last week with the release of an interactive weather service for IPTV subscribers that delivers fully interactive real-time local forecasts and weather information with the choice and control of broadband and the quality of TV.
The Accedo Application Portfolio is presently the largest available multi-platform collection of interactive value-added services such as games, karaoke on demand, puzzles, horoscope, comics, quizzes and PlasmaArt for IPTV and connected consumer electronics.
"We are thrilled to bring on board AccuWeather with their rich offering of interactive weather content to our branded list of partners," says Fredrik Andersson, VP Business Development, Accedo Broadband". "This partnership allows us to offer a unique mix and breadth of interactive IPTV services, enabling our service providers to retain their customers by diversifying their offering and increase their revenues by adding premium services"
AccuWeather.com, The World's Weather Authority, provides a portfolio of products and services through the airwaves, via the Internet, in print, and behind the scenes that benefit hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
"Viewers prefer to have immediate access to and control over the weather information they need" says Jim Candor, AccuWeather Senior Vice President for New Media. "The IPTV technology enables us to create a more personalized and compelling service that previously was not possible to achieve outside the Internet, while the partnership with Accedo Broadband will bring our accurate, localized weather forecasts to a new European audience. "
The AccuWeather service will be delivered from Accedo Application Provisioning Solution(AAPS), the state-of-the-art solution for distribution of IPTV applications. AAPS makes it possible to transfer applications between different devices and deliver them to end consumers cost-effectively and reliably.
The integration of AccuWeather into the Accedo Application Portfolio is ready for commercial use. Accedo Broadband and AccuWeather are planning to continue with their successful collaboration to strengthen the integration of future weather services and applications.
The AccuWeather service will together with selected services from Accedo’s Application Portfolio be demonstrated by leading set-top box supplier Motorola at IBC, booth 1.558, in Amsterdam, September 9-12, 2006.