ACCESS HbbTV/BBC iPlayer/DLNA Solution Helps HDI Dune Push the Connected TV Innovation Envelope

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

OBERHAUSEN, Germany — ACCESS CO., LTD, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced that HDI Dune, the Blu-ray player and set-top box manufacturer, has selected ACCESS’ market-leading HbbTV, BBC iPlayer, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and widgets software solutions, to power its connected TV devices.

HDI Dune will implement ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition, NetFront™ Browser DTV Profile BBC iPlayer Editon, NetFront™ Widgets and Netfront™ Living Connect 2.0 DLNA Technology Component™. The software solutions will be combined into one binary to ensure full integration. HDI Dune’s ACCESS powered connected TV devices will be available to customers in the third quarter of 2011.

“By combining ACCESS’ HbbTV, BBC iPlayer, DLNA and widget solutions HDI Dune can bring an innovative offering to the connected TV market that will perform very well both today and tomorrow,” said Konstantin Dyshlevoy, CEO of HDI Dune. “ACCESS’ NetFront™ technologies have been deployed in over a billion devices throughout the world, which confirms that its products are the right option for us while also ensuring a fast and efficient time-to-market. ACCESS delivers exemplary support to its customers and offers competitively priced solutions which means the best possible value for operators and therefore the end user.”

ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition and its BBC iPlayer Edition are both platform-independent software solutions, which will allow HDI Dune to deploy HbbTV and BBC iPlayer capable devices quickly and affordably. ACCESS’ NetFront Living Connect 2.0 DLNA Technology Component is currently the only DLNA software solution that supports features such as Remote User Interface (RUI) and Scheduled Recording Service (SRS) that anticipate future DLNA guidelines. The selection of NetFront Widgets offers HDI Dune the ability to create an Internet widget system through which service providers can deliver high-value Web 2.0 services such as weather, stocks or social networking to customers.

“HbbTV is already ubiquitous in Germany and its quickly becoming an important international standard for hybrid entertainment services because it enables rich services with minimum requirements from CE manufacturers,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, ACCESS. “By combining our market-leading HbbTV browser, BBC iPlayer, DLNA and widget solutions HDI Dune will be able to quickly deploy a cutting edge connected-TV solution.”