ACCESS Europe has signed a licensing agreement with Eurofins Digital Testing for Ligada iSuite to enhance conformance testing for HbbTV and Freeview Play. The deal enables ACCESS to ensure that NetFront Browser BE provides a commercially supported and regularly updated Chromium-based platform to CE manufacturers for next-generation Android and Linux based HbbTV Smart TVs and broadcaster OTT services.
Ligada iSuite for HbbTV is an all-inclusive HbbTV Test Harness and set of Test Suites, enabling interoperability, conformance and certification testing. By licensing Ligada iSuite, ACCESS ensures its compliance with HbbTV and other standards such as UK Freeview Play are best-in-class, allowing manufacturers to focus on differentiating their devices to build products that consumers love and build brand loyalty.
“We’re proud to be working with Eurofins and utilising its de-facto worldwide standard for digital TV testing,” says Dr. Neale Foster, CEO at ACCESS Europe. “With the knowledge that ACCESS utilises the Ligada iSuite platform, our SoC, mainboard and CE manufacturing partners can develop and launch their new products with confidence,” concluded Foster.
Built on the Chromium engine, enhanced for the embedded smart TV environment and available for both Linux and Android based devices, NetFront Browser BE provides CE manufacturers with the perfect foundation. By ensuring compatibility in today’s hybrid broadcast environment, NetFront Browser BE enables seamless access to broadcaster services, reduces time-to-market and lowers maintenance costs. As a commercially licensed and supported HbbTV and HTML5 solution, customers also benefit from improved standards support, updates and security features. Additional pre-validated entertainment services can be added via the NetRange App Store, affording manufacturers a one-stop solution where desired.
“We are very happy to welcome ACCESS as part of the Ligada family” says Dr. Bob Campbell, Director of Engineering at Eurofins Digital Testing. “As a recognised world leader in provision of test solutions for browser-based technologies such as Hybridcast and BML, we are excited to provide a core component to the ACCESS testing strategy for HbbTV and Freeview Play based devices.”