ACCESS, Vestel Power ASTRA’s HbbTV

ACCESS, the provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Vestel Electronics announced that they have incorporated ACCESS’ NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition in the new Vestel HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) set-top box (STB). This new device will enable consumers to receive satellite operator SES ASTRA’s new HbbTV-enabled services. SES ASTRA is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe.
ASTRA’s new HbbTV services from main German broadcasters, including 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 from SES ASTRA. The Vestel HbbTV STB features DTH satellite reception, CI+ (Common Interface Plus) technology and the state-of-the-art 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. “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.”

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