London, UK, 27th April 2015: Strategy & Technology Ltd (S&T), ACCESS Co Ltd, and Pixsan Digital Software Ltd, three leading digital TV software companies, today announced the launch of “Project Uno”, a software solution leveraging the Universal Television Kit (UTK) Shared Source base for hybrid TV. The solution can provide a close-to-turnkey solution for DVB and HbbTV requirements in both free-to-air and operator platforms, and offers broadcasters, content owners, test houses and device makers a target device reference platform. The initial profile is available for Freeview Play in the UK, which is based on the HbbTV 2.0 specification.
The solution is based on the UTK project and consists of the UTK framework, S&T’s Redkey MHEG5 engine and the ACCESS NetFront™ Browser NX HbbTV Profile. The reference implementation is delivered on an x86 PC platform, which can then be used to verify, test and harden other software stacks, as well as application services running on widely used Set-Top-Boxes and Smart TV platforms.
“With Project Uno, development partners, operators and application developers can access a common solution, which can be used to allow collaboration between all parties in the broadcast and OTT value chain,” said David Cutts, CEO of S&T. “Platforms like Freeview Play require the robustness of not just the device software itself, but the applications and services that are necessary for it to run a system the consumer will rely on and enjoy. Our industry delivers increasingly complex services, which means that shared understanding of issues will enable an improved user experience.”
“The availability of a UTK-based reference solution provides consumer electronics manufacturers and interactive application developers with a low cost way to access and validate feature rich services on a common platform,” said Dr. Neale Foster, COO and Vice President of Global Sales, ACCESS. “We are supporting Project Uno because we can see the need for a complete and open reference solution within the HbbTV market place to accelerate device deployments and facilitate application innovation.”
Jon Williams, Managing Director and CEO of Pixsan said: “We developed UTK to offer a royalty free shared source project to increase innovation and reduce support costs. Project Uno is a really useful way to create robustness and innovation for everyone who wishes to see Freeview Play a success “.
S&T will be showing Project Uno solution at Stand 116 at TV Connect on 28-30 April 2015. For more details see the Project Uno site.
About Strategy and Technology Ltd
S&T is an independent software technology company focused on delivering solutions for the development and deployment of interactive TV services based on open international standards. In particular, S&T has been a leader in the specification and use of the MHEG-5 interactive TV standard for over 15 years and its RedkeyTM MHEG engine has been deployed in more than 36m devices. S&T provide a broad range of interactive TV solutions, including hybrid broadband/TV and connected TV applications. S&T operates internationally with offices in London (UK), Boulder (Colorado, USA) and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.s-and-t.com.
Since 1984, ACCESS CO., LTD. has provided 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 PUBLUSTM for cloud-based, cross-platform digital publishing. 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. Learn more about ACCESS at www.access-company.com.
About Pixsan Digital Software Ltd
Pixsan was founded in 2007 and has since shipped over 4 million STB, PVRS, iDTVs and media streamers. The company specialises in hybrid STB, PVR and TV solutions including DVB and HTML5 to www.pixsan.com
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