• Joint projects announced with NDS, Miniweb Interactive

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 10, 2009 – ACCESS Systems Europe Holdings B.V. – a subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets–today announced joint initiatives with key industry players to enable new capabilities, new services and content for connected digital TVs and advanced home multimedia networks.

ACCESS and NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, are undertaking a joint initiative to bring Pay-TV and free-to-air (FTA) channels to broadband connected-TVs without the need for a set-top box (STB). The two companies will integrate the NDS InfiniteTV hybrid content platform with ACCESS NetFront Browser, to provide pay-TV and FTA broadcasters with a compelling solution for connected-TV users.

ACCESS is also collaborating with Miniweb Interactive to provide a joint solution for converged Internet and broadcast video services. Miniweb is an Interactive Service Provider that enables Internet video, micropayments, community functions, social networking and relevant, web-style advertising on TV. The joint solution, integrating ACCESS NetFront Browser with the Miniweb services platform, will provide consumers with a personalized entertainment experience on their TV. Viewers will gain access to a broad range of easily accessible broadband video content to complement their broadcast programmes. They will also benefit from a new level of flexibility and control over their viewing experience, allowing them to search for and discover video content from multiple sources. The integrated solution will be available for TV network operators wanting to enhance their service offering with additional Internet-derived content beyond classic video on demand (VOD), and for hybrid TV device manufacturers wishing to include broadband delivered content as part of their product offering.

Key to the development of these joint solutions are the following ACCESS software technologies, designed for easy integration into next-generation television services platforms:

  • ACCESS NetFront Browser, the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for beyond-PC devices,
  • ACCESS NetFront Living Connect, a DLNA-certified software solution to manage home networks integrating multimedia appliances such as digital TVs, digital cameras, HDD recorders and more. In anticipation of developments in DLNA requirements, ACCESS is already integrating next-level features such as Scheduled Recording Services, which enables the viewer to watch recorded/PVR TV on any home-connected, DLNA-enabled electronic device.
  • ACCESS video aggregation and media management technologies, providing consumers with easy access to aggregated video content.

“ACCESS is committed to supporting the industry momentum in this fast-growing area,” said Yusuke Kanda, CEO, ACCESS Europe. “Not only do we offer a broad scope of technologies, but in this competitive environment, we bring our proven experience in customizing solutions that make it possible for operators and device manufacturers to differentiate their products and services.”

About ACCESS and ACCESS Systems Europe
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, ACCESS Linux Platform and Garnet OS, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers’ Index under the number 4813. ACCESS Systems Europe Holdings B.V. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD., with its principal place of business in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and offices located in Paris, France and Oberhausen, Germany. ACCESS was first established in Europe in July 2001 as a total solution provider for mobile Internet and beyond-PC markets. ACCESS maintains research and development centers in Montpellier, France and in Oberhausen, Germany. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/.

About Miniweb
Miniweb is an Interactive Service Provider operating a managed services platform that enables internet video and interactive media on broadband connected TV devices. Our open, standards-based platform addresses business and consumer needs for converged broadcast and broadband entertainment delivering internet video, recommendations, search, micropayments, community functions, social networking and personalised web-style interactivity for TV viewers. The platform enables network, media and TV device companies to benefit from the global growth in broadband enabled TV services allowing monetisation of viewer interaction with linear and internet delivered media. This provides consumers with a wide choice of broadband video content to complement their broadcast viewing and allows video content owners and aggregators to gain new distribution channels and revenue streams. Miniweb’s contribution to broadcast and broadband convergence has been recognised through recent award wins including: Best Interactive Service / Application at the IPTV World Series Awards 2009, Pick Hit Award for Innovation at IBC 2008, and Red Herring Europe 100 Winner 2008. For more information please visit: www.miniweb.tv.

About NDS
NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 70 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their businesses. VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, currently deployed on 107 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 123 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV, leads the global industry with 21 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 30th June 2009).

Headquartered in the UK, NDS remains committed to investing in R&D with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US. NDS has also implemented a host of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and helping digital TV subscribers reduce energy consumption.
NDS Group Ltd. is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation. See www.nds.com for more information.

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