Vestel includes Access browser for HbbTV

Access and Vestel have announced that they have incorporated Access’ NetFront browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition in the new Vestel HbbTV set-top box. This new device will enable consumers to receive satellite operator SES Astra’s new HbbTV-enabled services.

HbbTV services from main German broadcasters, including public broadcastera ARD and ZDF, will be available on the new Vestel DVB-S2 STB, which will be targeted at DTH households that subscribe to satellite services on the Astra satellite. The Vestel HbbTV STB features DTH satellite reception, CI+ (Common Interface Plus) technology and the Access NetFront Browser for HbbTV support.

“With HbbTV, consumers have all the benefits of a high quality large-screen viewing experience coupled with the capability to enjoy compelling VOD and catch-up content, interact with programs and friends, or swap media files or photos,” said Hakan Hutlu, Deputy General Manager for Marketing, Vestel Electronics, in a sattement. “However, processing HbbTV within a STB presents a difficult challenge to a normal web browser. ACCESS is unique in its ability to provide an embedded TV browser solution that meets the needs of operators and consumers alike.”

“Connected TV services, such as HbbTV, are enabling Pay-TV operators to explore new service differentiation and monetisation options, including advertising or charging consumers, across different platforms. This dynamic is driving demand for IP-enabled consumer devices, and we are delighted to be working with Vestel to deliver these solutions to German TV consumers. With more than 20 years of experience in enabling seamless media connectivity, we have specifically optimized our NetFront Browser for embedded environments to deliver the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for beyond-PC devices,” said Dr Neale Foster, vice president of sales and business development, Access Systems Europe.