Oberhausen, Germany, September 4 2012 − ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software solutions to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that Abox42 has chosen ACCESS’ NetFront™ Living Connect to provide media sharing capabilities for the new Abox42 OTT & IPTV set top box (STB) line. The integration of NetFront Living Connect into the market proven Abox42 B12 platform as well as the newly launched Abox42 “M12”, enables broadcast and OTT operators to provide consumers with advanced and effortless media sharing features, turning existing TVs into Smart TVs.

The ACCESS solution for the Abox42 OTT & IPTV set top box product line includes an Android application for smartphones and tablets that enables control of the set top box and simplifies sharing content around the home. The solution will be launched and demonstrated at IBC on the Abox42 (14.352) and ACCESS (14.103) stands.

“This Abox42 powered solution is a great way for operators to evolve to a Smart TV, OTT and media sharing experience without the consumer needing to buy the latest generation of connected TV and better yet, operators don’t have to upgrade or replace any existing set-top boxes,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS.

The video rendering functionality of the Abox42 B12 and M12 STBs combines with ACCESS’ NetFront Living Connect DLNA media sharing solution to enable operators to provide consumers with the ability to push content from connected devices such as media servers and NAS drives to the TV. NetFront Living Connect is the market-leading DLNA Technology Component™ solution for multi-screen media sharing on consumer electronics and home networks.

“With the multiscreen and Smart TV revolutions continuing to accelerate, it’s our belief that the only operators that will be successful will be those that combine great content with the 21st Century experiences that consumers now expect,” said Oliver Soellner, Vice President Business Development of ABox42. “That’s why we’ve worked with ACCESS, the leader in multiscreen, to make sure that our OTT & IPTV STB platforms enable operators to cost-effectively deploy their OTT services with advanced media sharing on all current TVs.”

NetFront Living Connect has an extensive track record of successful multiscreen media sharing deployments on a variety of consumer electronic devices including NAS drives, TVs and set-top boxes offered by leading manufacturers throughout the world. NetFront Living Connect is optimized for embedded devices and features high portability and a flexible modularity. It enables media sharing, playback and control of connected devices. The solution has comprehensive support for the very latest DLNA standards.

The Abox42 B12 and M12 STBs are solutions for network operators that want to provide customers with an OTT set top box as an enabler for new services and business models. Abox42 products are market proven and already run over 100 OTT & IPTV applications including VOD (video-on-demand) services, Catch-Up TV services, online video recording, IPTV/OTT “free TV” as well as OTT, pay-TV services and web-browser functionality.

The B12 and M12 STBs offer short project cycles, short production lead times and include lifecycle management, ongoing software maintenance and service updates. B12 includes the latest hardware technology and software components like a HTML4/5/CE-HTML browser, QT-client, HbbTV and an advanced OTT media player. In addition, B12 and M12 support the latest Hollywood approved streaming technologies (e.g. Smooth Streaming, HLS, BitBand, MPEG DASH) and market proven DRM solutions. The integration of NetFront Living Connect allows operators to quickly develop and deploy an advanced media sharing solution.

If you would like to know more about ACCESS in multiscreen, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/news_event/archives/2012/multiscreen-whitepaper/ to download a copy of ACCESS’ recently published Multiscreen 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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