Just last week Vestel was busy showing of its BitTorrent Certified Television, and now the company's teaming up with Exent to deliver Android games to your boob tube -- and it's doing so by playing off your love of a bottomless buffet. Described as "the world's first all-you-can-eat Android TV game subscription service," GameTanium allows users of Vestel's Smart Box set-top box to access a suite of TV-optimized games in the comfort of their living rooms, using their Android phones as controllers. What's more, the service lets them switch between their PC, cellphone, tablet or TV without ever losing their place in a game. The service will be debuted at this week's IBC, but if this announcement has left you hungry for more, there's always the Golden Corral. Full PR awaits you and your belly after the break.
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Android Gaming Comes to the Living Room
Vestel and Exent Announce Partnership to Bring Hit Android Games to TVs Worldwide at IBC 2011
GameTanium™, Exent's World-Leading Games on Demand Service, now available on PC, Mobile and TV
NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Exent and consumer electronics provider Vestel partnered today to bring top mobile games to the living room with the launch of the world's first all-you-can-eat Android TV game subscription service. As the Games on Demand provider for the Vestel Smart Box Set-Top Box (STB), Exent will bring consumers the best of Android games fully optimized and for the first time ever on the TV.
GameTanium on the Vestel Smart Box represents a giant leap forward in casual gaming for TV, capitalizing on the continued migration of STBs from Linux to Android-based operating systems, which has paved the way for seamless distribution of gaming and other rich-media content across multiple, previously incompatible devices. With today's announcement, all the benefits of smartphone gaming interfaces - including touch, drag and accelerometer functionality - have been combined with GameTanium's top-quality gaming experience and extensive Android catalog to deliver TV gaming like never before.
"Consumers today want more entertainment options at home and we've found that gaming alongside video and music services are among the most popular requests," said Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager responsible for marketing, Vestel. "With the flexibility of the GameTanium platform and Exent's years of experience with content programming and distribution, Exent was the clear choice to power our Games on Demand offering for operators. By integrating GameTanium within our entertainment offerings, we are thrilled to be the first to bring the best of Android gaming to TVs worldwide."
By partnering with Exent, Vestel's operator customers will benefit from GameTanium's sophisticated content programming and cutting-edge technology platform, ensuring its extensive catalog of Android titles are optimized for game play on TV. GameTanium is the only Games on Demand service that allows operators to extend their brand, entertainment offerings and subscriber engagement to new screens like mobile and TV, increasing average revenue per user (ARPU) and strengthening brand loyalty and retention.
"Exent's vision is to provide consumers with the greatest gaming experience, anywhere they wish to be entertained. Expanding our Built with GameTanium offering from PCs, smartphones and tablets to the next generation of TV set-top boxes is an important milestone in fulfilling our play anywhere vision," said Zvi Levgoren, CEO, Exent. "Vestel is a great partner and we look forward to working with them to bring the greatest Android mobile hits to the living room while assuring the best user entertainment experience."
Coming soon, GameTanium will deliver the experience that gamers have only dreamt about, by connecting these supported devices in an unprecedented all-you-can-eat subscription across multiple platforms. Gamers will be able to seamlessly switch between their phone, PC, tablet and TV with uninterrupted access to their games, scores, and levels.
The GameTanium service will be demonstrated on the Smart Box STB at the Vestel booth (13.131 - hall 13) at the 2011 IBC conference held Sept. 9 – 13, 2011 in Amsterdam.
Exent is the leading global provider of PC and mobile Games on Demand. The company's Built with GameTanium services are offered as a turnkey, white label solution, enabling Broadband Service Providers, Mobile Operators, OEM's and retailers to offer games to their consumers. Exent's worldwide partners include large operators such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Mediacom and many others.
Vestel is a major player in the consumer electronics and household appliances with renowned products including television sets, B2B displays, digital set-top-boxes, and white goods. Group are comprised of 25 companies operating in manufacturing, technology development, marketing, and distribution fields with euro 3.7 billion turnover. The company is recognized for its cutting edge designs, impressive product quality, big production capacity and superior market share growth.