ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announces that its NetFront™ Browser NX 2.0, one of the industry’s earliest HbbTV 1.5-compliant WebKit-based browsers, has been integrated with Fortis’ HbbTV ready set-top box and is available in German retail outlets. The NetFront solution will also be available for other European markets as they roll out HbbTV services.
At IBC 2012, httv, the France and Singapore based solutions provider for Digital TV, will showcase the first commercial deployment of its STB turnkey solution: “httvBOX”. Televes, a leading European STB manufacturer, has chosen httv’s httvBOX firmware solution to launch its HbbTV compliant set top box.
ALi Corporation, a leading set-top-box (STB) system-on-chip (SoC) solution provider, today announced that its hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) supported STB platform is ready for mass production. ALi and Opera Software will work together to bring a better HbbTV experience to ALi-based STBs.
The blending of traditional TV channels with Internet content is now possible for cable homes in Germany using the ‘KabelKiosk choice’ service based on the HbbTV standard developed by the German subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications.
ANT plc (LSE AIM: ANTP), an established provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, today announced that Skyviia Corporation has licensed the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform and core TV applications. Skyviia will integrate ANT’s software into its new range of system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for the fast growing European HbbTV market.
The Spanish electronic industry and TV broadcasters have agreed to use a common DRM system to protect HbbTV services and content, according to AEDETI – Spain’s interactive TV trade body incorporating interactive digital audiovisual media covering the entire value chain between between application developers and equipment manufacturers.
There is many a debate (especially on the TV Forums of LinkedIn) surrounding the Interactive TV Specification of HbbTV. Many people are already hailing its success due to the fact that it has been selected in a handful of countries with interest and deployment growing elsewhere. Even the DTG in the UK has added an HbbTV profile to its D-Book Spec.
The biggest Danish national broadcaster DR is now launching a pilot project. A new service is developed in cooperation with the Danish company Nordija. It is now possible to watch pre-releases and broadcast from DR whenever the viewers want.
Three white label applications will be provided free-of-charge to EBU members, who can customise them with their own content to provide interactive services including catch-up, VOD, interactive advertising, voting, gaming and social networking.