Telecom Lead Europe: Orange said its Livebox Play TV set-top box and remote control are now available for pre-order and will be available for purchase in February 2013.
The new Orange Livebox Play TV set-top box will run Movea’s SmartMotion Server, the motion processing engine for digital home entertainment, and will ship with a MEMS motion-sensing remote control to deliver a more fun and intuitive way for people to enjoy rich digital content on the TV.
Jean-Bernard Willem, head of content marketing for Orange France, said: “Our partnership with Movea allows us to offer an innovative user experience for Orange subscribers that will be instrumental in defining the revolution of home theater entertainment. Livebox Play TV with Movea’s SmartMotion begins to make the Smart Home a reality.”
The integration of Movea’s SmartMotion Server with Orange’s Livebox Play TV enables point-and-click TV interactions and the ability to easily launch and control games and apps. There are simple gestures for features such as volume control, web browsing, gamepad or joystick control, as well as music, photo, video enjoyment and more.
SmartMotion Server’s contextual awareness features allow 10 simple gestures to be used across a wide range of TV viewing activities, which allow for a more user-friendly experience for people of all ages and interests.
In addition, MEMS motion sensors onboard the remote control let Orange subscribers easily point and click to navigate the user interface and play compelling motion-driven games with smooth accurate 3D motion.
Sam Guilaumé, CEO of Movea, said: “Orange’s experience in telecom and home entertainment, and Movea’s expertise in motion control for SmartTVs are the perfect combination to bring fun and immersive motion-based technology that delivers a more natural way for consumers to interact with their TVs. We are excited to collaborate on the world’s first-ever new generation set-top box.”
The new motion-enabled Livebox Play TV service is designed to enhance user interface navigation for consumers. In addition, high speed fiber-optics offer a faster Internet connection and access interactive entertainment options, such as social media, a large library of Video-On-Demand programs, as well as games and apps for the TV, smartphone and tablet.