NetFront™ Browser NX becomes one of the earliest HbbTV-1.5-compliant WebKit-based solutions, enabling operators and broadcasters to provide consumers with more advanced Connected TV experiences

Oberhausen, Germany, August 23, 2012 − ACCESS CO., LTD, today announces that its NetFront™ Browser NX 2.0 becomes one of the earliest HbbTV-1.5-compliant WebKit-based browsers, enabling broadcasters and operators to launch HbbTV services that utilize the new features of the HbbTV standard, including support for building EPGs using DVB-SI information, and the ability to enable the adaptive streaming standard MPEG-DASH. This development makes it easier for operators and broadcasters to provide consumers with more advanced Connected TV experiences and exciting new TV graphics and User Interfaces (UIs).

The unique dual-profile nature of ACCESS’ NetFront Browser NX means that broadcasters and operators can execute the latest HbbTV-1.5-compliant HbbTV services, utilizing the HbbTV profile of NX. In addition broadcasters and operators can develop next generation EPGs and UIs using DVB-SI data, benefiting from the advanced graphics features of HTML5. The solution also passes the MPEG DASH adaptive streaming manifest XML to the media player, so that broadcasters can utilize MPEG DASH to launch significantly improved user experiences for iVOD and Catch-up TV services.

“The coming together of mass market broadband availability, standards such as HbbTV and the desire and necessity of the broadcast industry to embrace HTML5 means that 2012 is the year of Connected TV,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS.

“For our part we’re right behind this development. I see our dual-profile NetFront Browser NX as a key enabler in the Connected TV revolution. By ensuring this solution is always at the cutting edge of web and TV standards we enable the broadcast industry to launch advanced Connected TV services and innovative user experiences at Internet speed, making it far easier for the broadcast industry to meet the consumers’ demand for great content delivered in exciting and fresh ways,” concluded Foster.

NetFront Browser series solutions on show at IBC include:

NetFront™ Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile HbbTV Edition – a WebKit-based browser that features efficient memory usage, high stability, high portability and comprehensive support for DTV standards including HbbTV, BBC iPlayer and CE-HTML. It enables operators, OEMs and middleware companies to upgrade or launch HbbTV capable devices and services quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

NetFront™ Browser NX 2.0 – a WebKit-based, platform-independent HTML5 software solution that supports most of the HTML5 features such as HTML5 Canvas. It can be used as a next-generation TV UI engine to deliver greatly enriched user experiences including 3D graphics and animations.

If you would like to know more about HTML5, please visit http://bit.ly/Mhi5WW to download a copy of ACCESS’ recently published HTML5 whitepaper.

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About ACCESS
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global provider of advanced software solutions and services that enable operators, device manufacturers, content owners and consumers to make the most of today’s multi-screen, connected world. It provides software for mobiles, smartphones and tablets, connected TVs and set-top boxes in the connected home, automotive, digital publishing and networking markets. ACCESS solutions have shipped in over one billion devices around the world. Its product portfolio includes the NetFront™ Software Series and the ZebOS® network platform, providing customers faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability; the ACCESSTM Digital Publishing Ecosystem for cloud-based, cross-platform digital publishing and the NetAd mobile advertising platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers’ Index, 4813) and operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. www.access-company.com



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