RDK cuts development time, encourages collaboration and establishes standardization across set-top industry

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 9, 2013ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that it is licensing the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack from Comcast to enhance the development and deployment of next-generation video services that support DLNA Premium Video Guidelines and HTML5. The RDK cuts the development time in half for set-top boxes, allowing vendors to bring rich multiscreen viewing experiences to market faster.

The RDK software provides a common framework for powering two-way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and video gateway devices.

ACCESS’ DLNA solution, NetFront™ Living Connect, and its powerful HTML5 software solution, NetFront Browser NX, support DLNA’s Premium Video Profile and hence also meet the requirements of the FCC IP Connectivity Mandate. This means that operators using the Comcast ecosystem can deploy ACCESS solutions to launch exciting next generation TV-centric multiroom and multi-screen services that are secure, are interoperable with other systems and moreover meet the FCC mandate for cable operators to use an industry standard solution for IP interoperability.

“Industry commentators see increased potential for the RDK to become an important ecosystem that provides the functionality and interoperability for operators looking for a standardised route to providing advanced TV services,” said Kunihiro Ishiguro, CTO of ACCESS. “Our solution enables operators to deploy the RDK and at the same time enables operators to launch exciting new multi-room and multi-screen services as well as giving US cable operators a pre-integrated route to meeting the FCC mandate for IP interoperability.”

NetFront™ Living Connect is a market-leading Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Technology Component solution from ACCESS. It enables device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently implement services that support DLNA standards to improve interoperability across consumer electronic devices including mobile phones, digital cameras, printers, DVD players, game consoles, digital TVs, set-top boxes, network attached storage (NAS) boxes and more. NetFront Living Connect has achieved an extensive track record of successful DLNA Certified® device deployments on a variety of consumer electronic devices offered by leading manufacturers in markets throughout the world and adheres to DLNA Premium Video guidelines. The solution also features advanced support for HTML5 Remote User Interface technology. NetFront Living Connect is optimized for embedded devices and features high portability and a flexible modularity that allow it to function with any OS or CPU while also providing for easy customization.

NetFront Browser NX is a WebKit-based, platform-independent HTML5 browser with lightning fast rendering speed that now supports CSS 3D Transforms, CSS Filter and CSS writing-mode, along with Canvas, and delivers the most up-to-date Web experience based on HTML5. By supporting key multiscreen building blocks such as Web Socket alongside HTML5 RUI, NetFront Browser NX 3.0 provides service and user interface (UI) discovery, inter-application communication and barrier-free multi-screen UIs, enabling TV operators and device manufacturers to deliver intuitive UIs and services seamlessly to multiple devices in the connected home environment.

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. Learn more about ACCESS at www.access-company.com.

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