Access, a provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Cabot Ciommunications, a provider of DVB middleware, announced that they have jointly developed an HbbTV solution that can be plugged into any digital TV or set-top box platform.
The plug-in solution is built on the combination of components provided by both companies. While Cabot Communications brings the HbbTV middleware implementation and DVB components such as a DSM-CC client, Access provides its NetFront Browser enhanced to support HbbTV.
Designed to be platform-independent, the joint Access-Cabot HbbTV package is already available on a first reference platform, Linux with Direct FB (Direct Frame Buffer).
“This joint development with Cabot Communications is another sign of our commitment to advance the connected digital TV market,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president, CEO and co-founder of Access, in a statement. “With a robust, platform-independent plug-in solution that can evolve with HbbTV future developments, we offer OEMs a way to differentiate their products faster, while protecting their investment.”
Bob Lamb, Managing Director of Cabot Communications commented, “Cabot is delighted to be collaborating with Access and we envisage that this will be the first in a number of exciting joint developments targeted at addressing the connected home market. The combination of our core competencies has enabled Cabot and Access the ability to offer manufacturers a complete HbbTV solution for a wide range of digital TV products.”