• Deployed Set-Top-Boxes Feature HyperPanel Lab HbbTV Solution with ACCESS NetFront Browser DTV Profile

Oberhausen, Germany, April 14, 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’s HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) solution, including ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile, has been selected by Normandie TV for its HbbTV pilot services. Normandie TV is the first French broadcaster to carry HbbTV services over digital terrestrial and chose HyperPanel Lab and ACCESS powered HbbTV terrestrial set-top boxes for such pilot services.

The HyperPanel Lab and ACCESS powered HbbTV set-top boxes have already shown extraordinary performance. The set-top boxes will provide Normandie TV subscribers with additional services, e.g. access to local information such as news and weather from their television sets.

“We’re delighted that Normandie TV has chosen our HbbTV solution to power its HbbTV pilot services, the first live stream that carries HbbTV service in France,” said Laoreato Santonastasi, CEO of HyperPanel Lab. “The combination of HyperPanel Lab and ACCESS technology has created a HbbTV solution that provides our customers and consumers with the best in advanced TV solutions.”

HyperPanel Lab’s HbbTV solution integrates ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition with HyperPanel Lab’s Vmos embedded operating system. This creates a solution that supports the presentation of web pages and services using broadcast and broadband connections. Both HyperPanel Lab and ACCESS are specified as HbbTV approved vendors as the company’s solutions comply with the unified European HbbTV standard. This enables the simultaneous use of broadcasted video (DVB) and broadband (Internet), and provides consumers with access to live broadcasting, video content and interactive services in a smooth, uniform and consistent manner.

“Normandie TV’s HbbTV offering is just the beginning of what’s set to be the rapid growth of HbbTV in 2011 throughout Europe,” said Dr Neale Foster, VP of global sales, IA, at ACCESS. “We’re delighted that Normandie TV has seen the benefits of the high- performance, user-centric ACCESS NetFront Browser DTV Profile, as part of HyperPanel Lab’s HbbTV solution, and has chosen it to power its HbbTV services.”

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) Technology Component 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 Technology Component 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.access-company.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 has 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 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.access-company.com.

ACCESS Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD., with its main office located in Oberhausen, Germany. ACCESS established its first office in Europe in July 2001 as a total solution provider to the mobile and beyond PC markets.

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