ACCESS has announced the integration of NetFrontTM Browser NX in the Toshiba TV platform, and the embedding of the browser for the world’s first commercially available Hybridcast TV in Japan. ACCESS is a global provider of software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets.
ACCESS has expanded NetFront Browser NX to offer support for Hybridcast, providing Toshiba with a market-ready solution. The solution also supports the YouTube specification, including Encrypted Media Extensions and Media Source Extensions for premium content support.
“ACCESS’ ability to quickly support this new standard enabled us to be the first to launch an integrated Hybridcast TV into the Japanese market,” said Yasuhiro Ishibashi, technology executive, design and development centre, Toshiba Lifestyle Products and Services Corporation. “By working alongside a trusted partner like ACCESS, we were able to quickly integrate the proven NetFront Browser NX solution with our technology to meet the growing consumer demand for the new standard.”
By adding Hybridcast functionality to NetFront Browser NX, ACCESS offers support for TV standards including HbbTV, GINGA and BML. The integration of NetFront Browser NX is designed to ensure that Toshiba can offer high quality, standards-based experiences which are well-suited to the market.
“As operators and consumers demand more interaction with programming, it has resulted in manufacturers needing to adapt new standards in the smallest amount of time possible in any given market,” said Dr Neale Foster, VP global sales, TV, ACCESS. “We are proud to see that a world-renowned manufacturer such as Toshiba has chosen our WebKit-based HTML5 browser, which now supports Hybridcast, adding to our vast portfolio of solutions making us a safe bet for the CE industry.”