Espial TV browser powers Mitsubishi STB for NTT Plala's IPTV service

Louise Duffy | 26-09-2012

Mitsubishi Electric has chosen the Espial TV Browser from Espial to power its latest set-top boxes (STBs) deployed by Japanese IPTV provider NTT Plala.

The Espial TV Browser enables NTT Plala to distribute customised, interactive IP video-on-demand (VOD) and e-shopping services and applications, such as review and rating functions, through an intuitive user interface.

Hiroyuki Ojima, manager, Mitsubishi Electric, said: "Two of our main criteria while looking for a connected TV browser were an open design and support for all of the industry's latest standards, including HTML5. We chose the Espial TV Browser because it offers a high degree of modularity, a customisable user interface, and robust performance ó all of which enabled our customer NTT Plala to deploy interactive and personalised applications rapidly across Mitsubishi's connected set-top boxes."

The Espial TV Browser features a software development kit that can be integrated seamlessly with Mitsubishi's proprietary middleware media player and digital rights management platform for smooth playback of encrypted content. The browser's open, modular-based architecture enables easy integration with video plug-ins and JavaScript extensions, and is portable across a wide range of chipsets and devices, further simplifying interactive TV content and web navigation on connected TVs.

Based on the same WebKit rendering engine used by Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers, the Espial TV Browser features built-in Adobe Flash, as well as support for HTML5 and the latest W3C Web and interactive TV standards, including ISDB and OIPF. Through a JavaScript-based engine optimised to accelerate CSS3 and CSS 3D animations, Espial TV Browser quickly performs graphic transitions and supports complex animations. Its user interface can be customised according to geographic location and user preferences and provides users with dynamic content and streamlined Web navigation.

Yukio Kanemori, Japan country manager, Espial, said: "One of the critical features for an enhanced connected television experience is compliance with the HTML5 standard. By supporting HTML5, Espial TV Browser provides users with more engaging video content, helping consumer electronics manufacturers such as Mitsubishi to deliver the optimum TV Web experience."