15.31 Europe/London, September 7, 2011 By Julian Clover

IBC 2011 – AMSTERDAM. Access has announced a partnership with Ocean Blue Software, designed to provide CE manufacturers and the broadcast industry with best of breed connected home and connected TV software solutions.

“It’s very exciting to be working with Ocean Blue to provide innovative TV services to consumers,” said Dr. Neale Foster, VP of Global Sales IA, Access. “Connected TV is now ready to fulfil its potential and when integrated with Connected Home offers great possibilities for innovation and enhanced consumer experiences. This partnership will be instrumental in carrying out our vision of the connected future.”

“In Access we have found a capable and hugely experienced partner which has already supplied its NetFront products to more than one billion mobile and beyond-PC devices,” added Kenneth Helps, CEO of Ocean Blue. “Access’ knowledge of Connected TV and Connected Home provides us with the possibility to bring both together ensuring our customers can take advantage of the incredible possibilities this convergence can provide.”

Access provides embedded software solutions and has found a European niche in the emerging HbbTV. Ocean Blue middleware software products include DVB-T2, MHEG HD, HbbTV, Connected/Internet TV, Freeview compliant software products, CI Plus and Talking TV technology