Published: August 11, 2010 08.10 Europe/London

Strategy & Technology (S&T) has signed a licensing agreement with ACCESS Systems Europe that will enable it to offer a complete HbbTV solution suitable for integration with any digital TV receiver. S&T has secured the rights to re-distribute ACCESS’ NetFront Browser and associated HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband) extensions.

S&T will offer an integrated HbbTV solution, complete with a Digital

Storage Media Command and Control (DSM-CC) client and HbbTV signaling, direct to manufacturers of digital TV receivers. The company is combining the technology with its existing RedKey product to offer customers a seamless transition between MHEG-5 and HbbTV. An optional CI+ browser can also be included.

“HbbTV is fast gaining ground in markets such as Germany and France, and interest from other countries will no doubt grow further now that ETSI has given its approval. This makes now the right time to offer the technology to international markets,” said Paul Daly, General Manager – Client Systems, Strategy & Technology Ltd.

Earlier this year ACCESS struck a similar deal with Bristol-based Cabot Communications.