|[January 09, 2013]
ACCESS and Metrological Team Up to Offer Cutting Edge Cloud-Based TV App-Stores
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands & OBERHAUSEN, Germany --(Business Wire)--
CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the
mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Metrological Media
Innovations, an innovative software company providing cloud based media
solutions, today announced that the companies are working together to
provide cloud-based TV app-store solutions.
The integration of ACCESS' NetFront™ Browser NX with Metrological's TV
App-Store platform provides a software and hardware agnostic joint
solution that enables TV operators and CE device manufacturers to offer
consumers a broad range of innovative interactive applications.
This joint solution provides an easily managed cloud-based environment
populated with apps that run on the robust ACCESS browser on a connected
TV or other device. It will be marketed by both ACCESS and Metrological
and is already live with a major cable operator.
"The acceleration in TV-app take-up is an important development for the
TV industry globally," said Albert Dahan, Chief Technology Officer of
Metrological. "We're working with ACCESS because its browser provides
the advanced TV-centric development platform we need. I look forward to
the collaboration with ACCESS to further drive the app revolution that
has already changed the face of mobile and is about to do the same for
ACCESS' NetFront™ solutions have already been shipped in over 1 billion
devices globally. ACCESS' NetFront Browser NX is based on the WebKit
open source browser engine, and is an advanced TV-centric HTML5 browser
which enables Metrological's App-Store to swiftly and seamlessly
integrate linear TV with online content.
"The pre-integration of our browser with Metrological's powerful
cloud-based App-Store enables operators and CE manufacturers to launch
an App-Store at Internet speed, i.e. in weeks rather than months," said
Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS. "Our industry-leading
NetFront Browser NX supports latest HTML5 features and provides a highly
stable platform as well as providing comprehensive support for DTV
extensions such as HbbTV, BBC iPlayer and CE-HTML."
"Consumers love to download new apps on to their smart phones and
tablets and this partnership with Metrological now enables them to do
the same on the TV. We are delighted to be working with Metrlogical to
enable operators and device manufacturers to deliver the connected TV
and multi-screen experiences that consumers want and increasingly
expect," concluded Foster.
NetFront Browser NX
NetFront Browser NX is a WebKit-based, platform-independent HTML5
software solution that supports advanced features such as HTML5 Canvas
and CSS (News - Alert) 3D Transoforms. It can be used as a next-generation TV UI engine
to deliver greatly enriched user experiences including 3D graphics and
animations. It features efficient memory usage, high stability, high
portability and comprehensive support for DTV standards including HbbTV,
BBC iPlayer and CE-HTML. NetFront Browser NX enables operators, OEMs and
middleware companies to launch TV-centric services quickly, efficiently
and cost-effectively. The solution provides device manufacturers,
content companies, operators and consumers with the 'connected
confidence' to deploy, manage and enjoy powerful multiscreen media
The App-Store is aimed at TV operators and manufacturers that are
looking for a commercially ready, multiscreen, white-label App-Store
that provides consumers with an exciting connected TV experience. It
runs on any device with a browser, enabling operators to offer a
consistent user experience across devices.
The TV App-Store is cloud based, and fully hardware and software
agnostic. It can run on legacy set-top boxes and any connected device
with a browser and integrates linear TV and online content through an
intuitive interface, offers contextual apps running within the TV
experience enabling automated recommendations. The integrated app
platform enables CE device manufacturers to generate multiple revenue
streams from content through multiple supporting screens. Complete with
an easy-to-use SDK, it provides operators with the simplest,
market-proven route to a cloud-based TV App-Store that protects the
operators brand whatever the device.
The combined ACCESS and Metrological solution is primarily designed to
enable operators and manufacturers to monetize their connection with the
Note to editors: If you would
like to see the joint ACCESS and Metrological solution in action at CES (News - Alert)
2013, please contact Ursula Herrick of Herrick Media (Ursula@herrickmedia.com,
408-202-0865) or Sally Douglas of Platform PR (email@example.com,
+44 (0)20 7486 4900).
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.
Metrological, headquartered in Rotterdam and founded in 2005, has
developed a unique and proven media solution for the connected TV
experience. Metrological offers a TV App-store to TV operators and
-manufacturers that is cloud based, hardware and software agnostic and
runs on any device with a browser. Metrological's technology seamlessly
integrates linear TV, VOD and OTT content through an intuitive user
interface. The Metrological app store offers contextual apps, running
within the TV experience. Its launch customer is Liberty Global (News - Alert), which
announced in 2011 that it was to adopt Metrological's app store platform
for the global roll out of its next generation TV platform - Horizon.
© 2013 ACCESS CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
ACCESS, the ACCESS logo, and NetFront are registered trademarks or
trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other
countries. ZebOS�is either a registered trademark or trademark of IP
Infusion Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other
trademarks, logos and trade names mentioned in the document are the
property of their respective owners.
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