Kathrein Selects ANT for HbbTV Devices

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

CAMBRIDGE — ANT plc (LSE AIM: ANTP), the leading provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, has been selected by global high tech telecommunications company Kathrein, to deploy HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) services on its new range of set-top boxes (STBs). Kathrein has licensed the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform, a variant of the widely recognised ANT hybrid TV service platform, to target the fast growing international retail market.

ANT has been heavily involved in the development of the hybrid TV service market for many years through its commitment to industry standards bodies including the Open IPTV Forum and HbbTV and the development of a powerful hybrid TV service platform now deployed worldwide. The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform is the first HbbTV solution to be commercially distributed providing a robust, flexible and dynamic platform on which both service providers and device manufacturers can develop and deploy HbbTV related applications for hybrid broadcast TV services to the home.

Simon Woodward, President and CEO of ANT said: “We’re delighted to be working with Kathrein who have built a strong industry reputation in delivering high quality, reliable products. We’re well positioned to support Kathrein in the development and deployment of its new range of hybrid set-top boxes. ANT has been heavily involved in HbbTV since its launch; the result of this commitment is that we’re now perfectly placed to offer a comprehensive go to market solution to address the emerging market. As the first and only company to take a complete integrated HbbTV product to market we continue to license our software to the world’s leading device manufacturers.”

Erich Rock, Division Manager, SAT – Satellite and Terrestrial Reception Systems said: “HbbTV is an important new innovation for the future of set-top box development. By harmonising both broadcast and broadband content, HbbTV streamlines new services such as VoD (Video on Demand) and catch-up TV to provide a user friendly TV experience. ANT’s go-to-market HbbTV platform is an ideal solution due to its experience and involvement in the HbbTV initiative. We look forward to working with ANT to take our new range of hybrid devices to market.”