Now Compatible for Plala’s Broadband Video Distribution Service, 4th MEDIA
TOKYO, Japan – April 6, 2006 — ACCESS.CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced the availability of NetFront™ DTV Profile HTML Edition SDK for 4th MEDIA (*1). The 4th MEDIA is the broadband Video Distribution Service provided by Plala Networks Inc. The NetFront DTV Profile HTML Edition SDK is a software development kit for HTML browser for digital television and set-top box.
NetFront DTV Profile HTML Edition SDK is a software development solution that facilitates porting and customization of ACCESS’ HTML browser, which is compatible with a broad range of specifications for digital television and set-top box, including Net TV 2.0 and UOPF (*2) 12. Having all modules required for porting within a package, it allows customers to port, to customize and to test NetFront browser easily. ACCESS has been developing and providing NetFront DTV Profile as a total browser solution for data broadcast use. It is compatible with BS, CS and terrestrial TV broadcasting standards formulated by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB).
The 4th MEDIA, which the NetFront DTV Profile HTML Edition SDK is available as an option, is a broadband Video Distribution Service offering Video on Demand and multi-channel television services, provided by Plala Networks Inc. Designed to help speed time-to-market, NetFront DTV Profile HTML Edition SDK is the only standard package product compatible with the 4th MEDIA.
Koji Bando, president and representative director of Plala Networks comments, “We are very pleased that NetFront, which has strong support from the market, is now available to the 4th MEDIA, and we hope that various 4th MEDIA compatible mobile devices will emerge in near future. We will continue to enrich our contents and to launch new services to make the 4th MEDIA more attractive to our customers”, “We are pleased to work with Plala Networks and the 4th MEDIA to contribute to faster time-to-market for devices designed to support the latest broadband Video Distribution Service” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “ACCESS is committed to providing products that further enable the integration of functions such as television and the Internet, thereby helping to foster the development of an integrated platform that provides consumers easy-to-use access to various information and services.
*1 To use this function, you are required to enter into a separate contract with Plala Networks Inc.
*2 It stands for Ubiquitous Open Platform Forum. To use this function, it’s mandatory to obtain the specifications on UOPF12
About NetFront Browser
NetFront browser recently surpassed over 235 million deployments globally that include 801 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm OS®, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW™. NetFront browser technology is used by the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, Amoi, AT&T Wireless, Casio, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, Palm, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, TCL, Toshiba, UTStarcom, ZTE and more.
ACCESS is a global provider of Internet technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. Its NetFront browser, widely recognized as one of the most advanced Internet browsers in the world, is a cornerstone to the company’s vision of enabling Internet access anywhere and on any device. NetFront technologies are delivering full Internet browsing and related services to next-generation mobile devices and consumer electronics ranging from digital TV to automobile telematics. For more information: www.access.co.jp or www.access.co.jp/english.
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