Vimond Helps TV 2 Create Sumo Web TV Portal Optimized for Windows(R) 8
TV 2 Revealed New Sumo App at Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 8 Nordic Launch Oct. 26
November 06, 2012 --
Vimond Media Solutions today announced that one of its flagship customers, Norway's TV 2, unveiled its newly redesigned Sumo online TV service at the Microsoft(R) Nordic launch of Windows(R) 8 in Stockholm on Oct. 26. TV 2 Sumo, which is powered by the Vimond Media Platform, has been optimized for the Windows 8 operating system.
"The market has been flooded with a wide range of new devices since we first launched TV 2 Sumo," said Eva Iselin Husby, head of TV 2 Sumo. "It's important for us to meet our users where they are, and that means not only accommodating the devices they use, but also the latest systems that power those devices. By making Sumo compatible with Windows 8, we're ensuring it will keep pace with innovation in the market."
TV 2 worked with Microsoft, Vimond, and its development partner, Knowit, to create a completely new portal that operates within the Windows 8 environment. The new version of Sumo is built upon the graphical interface of Windows 8 with scrolling from left to right and the ability to "favorite" apps and programs in a tile system. It is based on the same new design and profile of Sumo and will be launched to all Sumo platforms including Web, iPad(R), and set-top box applications running on RiksTV Extra and Altibox.
"It's very important to work closely with our clients so that they can accommodate their end users on any platform anywhere," said Helge H°ibraaten, CEO of Vimond Media Solutions. "In this environment of rapid growth and evolution, our customers need to stay on top of the changes. We are very pleased to help TV 2 break new ground in their market by designing for Windows 8."
The Vimond Media Platform enables a centralized workflow that allows TV 2 Sumo to make services available for viewing on any IP-enabled device owned by a subscriber. After downloading the appropriate client app for each device from a device app store, such as the Windows Store or Apple(R) App StoresSM, subscribers can watch TV 2 Sumo anywhere they choose, using the same username and password to log in to the service across mobile devices, a connected TV, or a computer. TV 2 Sumo's full range of content -- including live TV channels, video-on-demand, and interactive services -- can be made available to all devices from the same easy-to-use Vimond workflow.
Further information on Vimond Media Solutions and its products is available at www.vimond.com or by phone at +47 93 22 95 70.
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About Vimond Media Solutions
Vimond Media Solutions AS (www.vimond.com) develops and markets the Vimond online TV platform. Based in Bergen, Norway, Vimond is one of a number of successful technology companies spun off from national broadcaster TV 2, together with Vizrt, StormGeo, and Mosart Medialab. After more than 10 years of technology development and use in production at Scandinavia's biggest commercial online video enterprise, TV 2 Sumo, Vimond was established in 2011 to make advanced solutions available to other broadcasters launching multiscreen over-the-top services. The Vimond platform provides a comprehensive environment for managing highly efficient streaming of content to cellphones, tablet computers, gaming consoles, connected TVs, and Blu-ray(TM) players. With its depth of experience and expertise, Vimond is a leading player in the field, serving a rapidly growing roster of customers that includes TV4 in Sweden, MTV3 in Finland, TV 2 in Norway, and pan-Nordic distributor CMore.