Topfield License ANT HbbTV SolutionThursday, July 29th, 2010
Digital Set-Top Box Specialist Selects ANT Galio HbbTV Platform
CAMBRIDGE — ANT plc (LSE AIM: ANTP), the leading provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, today announced that digital STB (set-top box) specialist Topfield (KOSDAQ: 057880) has selected the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform for its latest range of set-top boxes. The new devices will be capable of delivering HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) services and will be available in the German retail market in 2010, with France to follow in 2011.
Topfield has a strong history of leading the market with innovative new functionality for the set-top box and was the first company to successfully develop a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) using two tuners. Established in 1998, Topfield has developed a reputation for delivering excellent television experiences and with over 60 distributors in more than 40 countries worldwide, it is well positioned to take the new functionality offered by HbbTV to market.
HbbTV was founded to harmonise broadcast and broadband delivery to provide a converged television experience. Since its inception in August 2009, a number of HbbTV services have been rolled out in Germany, including catch-up programming from ARD and ZDF, VoD (Video on Demand) from Tageschau, ARD digital text and Bayerische Runfunk radio applications. Topfield turned to ANT, as the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform provides a complete go-to-market solution that reduces time to market and enables device manufacturers to deliver HbbTV related applications and hybrid broadcast services.
Mr. C.H. Jung, Strategic Planning Manager, Topfield said: “ANT’s knowledge and experience of the HbbTV market is hugely beneficial as we develop our new range of HbbTV products. Topfield has for many years been at the forefront of developing new STB technology; the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform provides us with a software solution that allows us to continue to deliver innovative new products.”
Sean Kim, VP & General Manager Asia & Russian Markets at ANT said: “Topfield has an excellent industry and consumer reputation. We’re delighted to have been chosen by another leading device manufacturer. Equally, Topfield’s decision to base its next range of set-top boxes on the HbbTV specification, just adds credence to the fact that HbbTV is proving to be a key driver in the European market.”