— Will be Preloaded in Sharp AQUOS LCD TVs —
Tokyo, Japan, April 19, 2007 — ACCESS CO., LTD. today announced that it has developed a new digital TV (DTV) browser that supports AcTVila, the broadband digital TV portal service offered by TV Portal Service Corporation (TVPS).
The new version of NetFront™ Browser DTV Profile will be preloaded in five models*1 of the new R Series of AQUOS*2 LCD TVs from Sharp Corporation. Sharp also plans to install the browser in other digital TVs and devices that support the AcTVila portal.
Previous versions of NetFront Browser DTV Profile have been installed in more than one million set-top boxes for digital and cable TVs sold under 10 brands. It comprises a Broadcast Markup Language (BML) browser that conforms to Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) specifications, and a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) browser.*3
The HTML browser used by Sharp conforms to Net TV2.0, a specification adopted by most major Japanese digital TV makers, as well as the latest specifications formulated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global organization for Internet standardization.
Preinstallation of ACCESS’ advanced browser in Sharp TVs is expected to accelerate the popularity of Web 2.0 services for digital TVs, as well as the development of new services through the convergence of TV and the Internet.
The browser will be demonstrated at the ACCESS booth during the 10th Embedded Systems Expo (ESEC) in Tokyo from May 16th (Wed.) to 18th (Fri.).
About ACCESS CO., LTD.
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront™ Browser, Garnet™ OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform™, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. The Company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 27 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/
*1 The models are LC-65RX1W, LC-57RX1W, LC-52RX1W, LC-46RX1W, and LC-42RX1W.
*2 AQUOS is a trademark of Sharp Corporation.
*3 AQUOS uses only the HTML browser.
AcTVila is a trademark of TV Portal Service Corporation.
ACCESS and NetFront are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in Japan and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners
Subscription is required to use TV Portal Service Corporation’s AcTVila service.
(Go to: http://actvila.jp/)