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Access NetFront Browser NX 2.0 is HbbTV 1.5-compliant

Access has announced compliance with HbbTV 1.5 for its NetFront Browser NX 2.0.

According to Access, NetFront Browser NX 2.0 is one of the earliest HbbTV-1.5-compliant WebKit-based browsers, enabling broadcasters and operators to launch HbbTV services that utilize the new features of the standard, including support for building EPGs using DVB-SI information, and the ability to enable adaptive streaming standard MPEG-DASH.

According to Access, the dual-profile nature of NetFront Browser NX means that broadcasters and operators can execute HbbTV-1.5-compliant HbbTV services utilising the HbbTV profile of NX and can develop next-generation EPGs and UIs using DVB-SI data, benefiting from the advanced graphics features of HTML5. The solution also passes the MPEG DASH adaptive streaming manifest XML to the media player, so that broadcasters can utilise MPEG DASH to launch improved user experiences for internet VOD and catch-up TV services.

“The coming together of mass market broadband availability, standards such as HbbTV and the desire and necessity of the broadcast industry to embrace HTML5 means that 2012 is the year of connected TV,” said Neale Foster, vice-president of global sales IA, Access.

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