ACCESS NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition and Ocean Blue’s Sunrise DVB middleware combined to provide device manufacturers with an ‘out-of-the-box’ HbbTV solution

Oberhausen, Germany and Bristol, England June 12, 2012 - ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Ocean Blue, a leading innovator of digital TV middleware software, today announced the commercial availability and public demonstration at ANGA (Ocean Blue Stand – Hall 10.2 / Stand H48) of the companies’ joint HbbTV solution, which is ready for commercial deployment.

Combining ACCESS’ NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile and Ocean Blue’s Sunrise DVB middleware, the solution provides the industry with a fully compliant HbbTV solution, enabling CE manufacturers, SoC vendors and OEMs to offer a feature-rich, low-risk HbbTV solution with reduced time to market.

“ANGA sees the public demonstration of our powerful joint HbbTV solution which we believe is the fastest and most powerful way for CE and set-top box manufacturers to meet the increasing market demand for HbbTV compliant set-tops as the standard continues to spread its footprint throughout Europe,” said Ken Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue.

HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a European digital TV standard that brings together elements of other standards and existing web technologies to harmonise the delivery of broadcast and broadband content to consumers.

IBC recently reported (see “HbbTV Sweeps Interactive TV Across Europe” http://bit.ly/Lvc6gb) that there will be 60 million HbbTV compliant TV sets in Western Europe by 2014. IBC also reported that HbbTV is fast becoming the dominant standard for interactive, hybrid and OTT delivery in Europe and that: “Interest is also spreading overseas. HbbTV is being considered in the US, Japan, Australia, China, Singapore and Malaysia where the imminent terrestrial DVB-T2 roll-out has specified HbbTV.”

“It is now time to look for other countries, both inside Europe and beyond to look at HbbTV. The ready-to-go joint HbbTV solution that consists of ACCESS’ NetFront Browser and Ocean Blue’s DVB Sunrise provides the industry with a platform agnostic and best-of-breed solution that enables CE manufacturers and SoC vendors to capture the rapid penetration of HbbTV and successfully venture into more and more markets by building HbbTV supporting devices quickly and easily,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS.

Ocean Blue’s Sunrise DVB Middleware
Sunrise is Ocean Blue’s DVB family of software products, offering Free To Air (FTA) or Pay-per-view (PPV) functionality. It encompasses all the components required to provide clients with digital TV on a set top box or television and is modular, hardware agnostic and comprises all the elements needed for digital TV devices, while also supporting legacy analogue services.

ACCESS NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition 
This is a market-proven, extremely compact, upgradeable and platform-independent HbbTV software solution that enables OEMs, middleware companies and operators to upgrade or launch HbbTV capable devices and services quickly, efficiently and affordably. The solution has been widely adopted in Germany, France and Spain.

Note to editors:
The new ACCESS Multiscreen White Paper: “Multiscreen: monetization or Mayhem?” is now available at http://www.access-company.com/whitepapers.html

If you would like to meet with an ACCESS spokesperson at ANGA Cable 2012, please contact Sally Douglas of Platform PR: sally@platformpr.com, (T) +44 (0)20 7486 4900.
To meet Ocean Blue at ANGA, please visit the stand (Booth H48) or email Amy Lowe:amy.lowe@oceanbluesoftware.co.uk to schedule an appointment.

About ACCESS 
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global provider of advanced software solutions and services to the mobile, embedded, Connected TV, Connected Home, automotive, digital publishing and networking markets. ACCESS’ product portfolio including its NetFront Software Series provides customers with solutions that enable faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability. 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 additional information, please visitwww.access-company.com.

About Ocean Blue Software
Ocean Blue Software is a software technology company, based in Bristol, Hong Kong and Japan. Specialising in the development, distribution and support of award-winning world-class software solutions, which are incorporated into Digital TV consumer electronics products, present in the Connected Home.

Ocean Blue middleware software products include DVB-T2, MHEG HD, HbbTV, Connected/Internet TV, Freeview compliant software products, CI Plus and Talking TV technology as examples.

Ocean Blue’s software products stand out in terms of maturity, usability, operability and adherence to international digital broadcast standards, notably DVB and DTG. 
For further information please visit oceanbluesoftware.com

Press Contact:
Amy Lowe 
Marketing Manager 
amy.lowe@oceanbluesoftware.co.uk

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