International CES, Las Vegas, US, January 6, 2011 — ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that HyperPanel Lab, the digital-TV solutions provider, has selected ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition for its new HyperPanel HbbTV solution. HyperPanel HbbTV provides manufacturers of set-top boxes (STBs) and integrated TVs with powerful and efficient HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV)-ready solutions that enable a wide range of Internet-based services for satellite, terrestrial and cable HD TV.

HyperPanel HbbTV integrates NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition with HyperPanel Lab’s Vmos embedded operating system to create a solution that supports the presentation of web pages and services using broadcast and broadband connections. HyperPanel HbbTV complies with the unified European HbbTV standard, which enables the simultaneous use of broadcasted video (DVB) and broadband (Internet) and provides consumers with access to video content and interactive services in a smooth, uniform and consistent manner. For example, broadcast video services can contain links to web-based interactive services, augmenting traditional TV with access to additional relevant content.

“We chose ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition to power HyperPanel HbbTV because it provides high functionality while requiring minimal resources, making it ideally optimized for embedded environments,” said Laoreato Santonastasi, CEO of HyperPanel Lab. “This optimization means that our ACCESS-powered solutions deliver the functionality and flexibility to meet future customer and consumer requirements for HbbTV services. This is an important development, as it helps HyperPanel Lab meet its goals of providing manufacturers of STBs and integrated TVs with the best in advanced TV solutions.”

“We’re delighted that HyperPanel Lab has selected ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition for its HyperPanel HbbTV solution,” said Dr Neale Foster, vice president of sales and business development at ACCESS Systems Europe. “ACCESS has a wealth of experience in designing powerful solutions that run in resource-constrained environments, including TV solutions that are ideal for set-top box and integrated TV deployments, making NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition the perfect solution for HyperPanel Lab.”

Already the world leader in TV browsers, ACCESS has designed and produced a portfolio of solutions that support global and specific local TV standards to meet the expanding market for catch-up and connected-TV services. The company’s TV-centric solutions include NetFront Browser DTV Profile, which enables a number of TV applications and environments, including catch-up applications such as BBC iPlayer and HbbTV.

About ACCESS in Digital TV
ACCESS provides embedded software solutions that support global and regional TV standards and enable broadcasters, operators and consumer-electronics manufacturers to meet the expanding market for catch-up TV and connected TV services, including HbbTV and VoD. The company also enables seamless media access across connected-consumer devices with a certified Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) software solution.

The company’s core offerings for digital TV include:

  • NetFront Browser DTV Profile – NetFront Browser DTV Profile is optimized for digital TV environments and powers services such as BBC iPlayer, while also providing seamless access to hybrid broadcast and broadband services such as HbbTV
  • NetFront Living Connect – NetFront Living Connect is a next generation DLNA certified solution that makes seamless connectivity for home consumer electronic devices a reality
  • NetFront Media Player – NetFront Media Player enables playback of streamed and broadcast video for set-top boxes and digital TVs
  • NetFront Widgets – NetFront Widgets delivers value added widget-based services for digital TVs.

For more information visit:
www.accesscompany.com/products/internet_appliances/netfrontdtv/dtv_solution.html

About HyperPanel Lab
HyperPanel Lab. was founded in 1986 to develop and market the HyperPanel Embedded Operating System and Development Suite. The HyperPanel Lab is a privately owned company that finances its own product development. Following its first success in the set- top box market, the company expanded into global development programs to increase its market share in providing a full range of products from free to air to advanced interactive solutions. HyperPanel Lab offers a versatile range of advanced and scalable set-top box platforms enabling interactive television services based on digital cable, satellite and terrestrial systems. The company provides distributors, manufacturers, cable and satellite operators with cost efficient software solutions. Hyperpanel Lab sells its products worldwide and have business and / or distribution agreements with systems integrators and chip set vendors. For additional information about HyperPanel Lab, please visit www.hyperpanel.com.

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, digital TVs and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio including its NetFront series provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. Recently, ACCESS has launched NetFront Life as a global brand with applications and services for end users. Additional information about NetFront Life is available at www.netfrontlife.com. 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. For more information about ACCESS, please visit www.accesscompany.com. 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 www.accesscompany.com.

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