SMK to Supply Orange with Advanced Remote Control Solutions

  SMK to Supply Orange with Advanced Remote Control Solutions

  New Orange “Livebox Play” STB Remote from SMK Leverages Motion Control to
          Deliver Intuitive User Control of Rich Media Applications

TV Connect 2013

Business Wire

LONDON -- March 19, 2013

SMK, a world leader in the design and manufacture of OEM remote control
solutions, announced today that it has developed and is in production of an
advanced remote control for Orange new “Livebox Play” home entertainment
service. Marketed to subscribers of Orange in France, “Livebox Play” delivers
HD-quality video to all of the TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones in the

The compact “Livebox Play” remote control, designed and supplied by SMK
Europe, leverages motion processing, gesture control, RF4CE communications and
progressive joystick navigation to provide an intuitive user experience for
Orange-delivered rich media programming. SMK will showcase this and other
advanced consumer remote control solutions at this week’s TV Connect
Exhibition (London’s Olympic Exhibition Centre, March 19^th – 21^st, stand

“We are very pleased to have earned the “Livebox Play” business and to have
entered into a supply relationship with Orange, one of the world’s largest
IPTV Service Providers,” said Patrick Delanoeije, Vice President of SMK
Europe. “As rich media, Internet and gaming content continue to gain momentum
in Pay Television and Connected TV markets, the role of the set-top box remote
control, the user’s interface to these functions, has become essential to
subscriber engagement, satisfaction and retention.”

“The adoption of advanced media processing in our STB platforms, with content
options presented via onscreen graphical interfaces, has defined the need for
far more interactive and intelligent user interface solutions,” added
Jean-Bernard Willem, Head of Content Marketing at Orange. “Through our
partnership with SMK, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of
consumer remote controls, we are pleased to provide an exciting new intuitive
remote control with our “Livebox Play” subscription service.”

About SMK Europe

SMK Europe NV, a subsidiary of SMK Corporation, is a world leader in the
design, development and manufacture of OEM remote controls, with global
production of greater than 70 million units annually. With local development
in United Kingdom and factory facilities in Hungary, and in coordination with
its worldwide R&D Centers and global factories, SMK Corporation is uniquely
positioned to offer the PAYTV market IR/RF remote control solutions that
support rich media, interactive content and advanced Television features. For
more information, visit SMK Europe Group and SMK Corporation.


SMK Europe
Damien Leparmentier, +33 612 162 414
Keith M. Roberts, 805-987-6662 ext.206
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