Oberhausen, Germany, May 3, 2011 — ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, announced today that CreNova Technology, the German set-top box specialist, has selected ACCESS’ market-leading HbbTV, BBC iPlayer and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) software solutions to power its hybrid set-top boxes.

The selected ACCESS technologies include NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition, NetFront Browser DTV Profile BBC iPlayer Edition and NetFront Living Connect 2.0, a DLNA Technology Component with market-proven, DLNA Certified device deployments in markets throughout the world.

ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV edition is the most widely deployed, platform-independent HbbTV software solution in the market today and enables CreNova Technology to bring HbbTV compliant set-top boxes to market, quickly and affordably. NetFront Browser solutions for HbbTV and BBC iPlayer as well as NetFront Living Connect 2.0 will be combined into one binary for integration with CreNova Technology’s hybrid set-top boxes. ACCESS powered CreNova Technology set-top boxes will be available to operators in the third quarter of 2011.

“HbbTV, iPlayer and DLNA capabilities are becoming must-haves for operators around the world,” said Metin Atalan, CEO at CreNova Technology. “We chose ACCESS because it’s unique in offering all three high-quality embedded software solutions that can be integrated into one complete package for our set-top boxes. ACCESS’ NetFront Browser for HbbTV and BBC iPlayer and NetFront Living Connect 2.0 are widely deployed, with the NetFront series integrated in over one billion devices, so they’re fully proven, and its customer support is second to none.”

NetFront Living Connect 2.0 is a DLNA Technology Component that lets consumers seamlessly access and enjoy their digital content anytime and anywhere. It is presently the only DLNA software solution with advanced features like Remote User Interface (RUI) and Scheduled Recording Service (SRS) that anticipate next-generation DLNA guidelines, future proofing CreNova Technology’s set-top boxes. All ACCESS solutions are portable and have low memory footprints and low power consumption. ACCESS also provides a full support package for its customers.

“We’re delighted that CreNova Technology has selected our HbbTV, BBC iPlayer and DLNA solutions,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS. “Our pre-integrated solutions enable CreNova to quickly and affordably deploy market-leading HbbTV, BBC iPlayer and DLNA capabilities, to deliver exciting future-TV services to the consumer.”

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 Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Technology Component 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 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 CreNova
CreNova Technology GmbH was founded in 2008 to take to market a unique modular system design that allows products to be tailored to meet individual customer needs. It has since established itself as a provider of retail solutions worldwide with a strong portfolio of product lines. It has a team skilled in both software and hardware development, which brings together over 20 years of experience in the set-top box market.

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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