GMI Selects ANT for German HbbTV Market

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

COMAG to distribute new product range

CAMBRIDGE — ANT plc (LSE AIM: ANTP), an established provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, today announced that Good Mind Industries (GMI) has selected the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform for its new range of set-top boxes (STBs). Working closely with leading German distributor COMAG, the product line is to be targeted at the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) retail market and will offer viewers a wealth of on-demand services. These will include catch-up programming from ARD and ZDF, digital text from ARD, video on demand (VoD) from Tageschau and radio applications from Baverische RunFunk.

GMI, is a Taiwanese Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) and an experienced provider of satellite and terrestrial equipment. By selecting the ANT Galio Platform, it is able to leverage ANT’s considerable experience in the seamless delivery of combined broadcast and broadband technology, to provide a competitive range of HbbTV products. With a long history of deploying broadcast and broadband services worldwide, ANT enables its customers to focus on providing compelling end-user experiences. Selected by many of the leading device manufacturers it reduces time-to-market and development costs.

Since launching in 2009, the adoption of HbbTV in Germany is steadily growing, providing consumers with an increasing range of additional TV services. ANT guarantees compliance with the ETSI standard and with its standards-based foundation, the ANT Galio HbbTV Platform is the ideal platform to deliver both broadcast and broadband services.

Steven Ho, President at GMI commented: “The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform was strongly recommended by our industry colleagues. It is a proven solution in the HbbTV market and working with ANT we have confidence in delivering a robust HbbTV implementation, as well as a dynamic user experience. Time-to-market is an important factor for us and by using the ANT Galio Platform we are able to significantly reduce product development time, helping us to move quickly in a dynamic marketplace.”

Joachim Strohm, Senior Executive President at COMAG commented: “COMAG’s market leading position has been established by selecting the best solution providers when targeting new market opportunities. We fully support the partnership between GMI and ANT which will enable us to deliver a compelling HbbTV product range.”

Sean Kim, VP & General Manager Asia & Russian Markets at ANT said: “The HbbTV standard continues to gain significant traction across Europe and ANT remains the vendor of choice for companies targeting the market. In addition to providing a complete go-to-market software solution for our customers, we are also able to provide industry expertise and the experience to enable them to develop the strongest possible product offering.”