Espial Group Targets TV Industry with Escape 5.1 Browser

5/6/2004 - Espial Group, the leading provider of embedded browser technology for the TV industry, unveils Espial EscapeTM 5.1. Built for TV, this browser enables the same browsing experience on the television that people have come to expect from their personal computers. Supporting Microsoft Internet ExplorerTM extensions to the current Web content standards, Escape renders the same content to TV as IE renders to the traditional desktop. It features built in support for integrated multimedia plug-ins like Macromedia Flash, Real Networks Real One Player and MP3. Fit-to-width, font flooring and other features adapt the Internet content for ideal television viewing.

“One of the greatest challenges in bringing Internet content to every home has been ensuring that the pages show accurately whether they are on a traditional desktop, television, mobile phone or PDA,” says Dr. Neale Foster, Director of Marketing for Television at Espial. “It’s not easy adapting the software requirements designed for a resource-rich desktop environment to the resource-constrained TV market. This is an investment necessary to deliver the value of emerging broadband networks.”

The new version is already shipping to: Amino, MotionMedia, MyOrigo, Myrio, Siemens VDO, and Tomra. Espial has taken a market-leading position in television browser software, with solutions that focus on TV issues and standards and enable TV friendly functionality. This new capability enables rapid creation of:

Full Internet browser on TV capabilities
"One of the key factors for a successful DTV application is the ability to faithfully render Web content for a TV viewer," says Vamsi Sistla, Director of Broadband and Residential Entertainment Technologies at ABI Research. "Following formal and informal Web standards to bring the Internet to TV is an efficient way to merge the Internet and TV worlds.”

In contrast to other browser solutions, Espial complies with international television standards including MHP, OCAP and ARIB and supports internationalization to meet the requirements of customers in North America, Middle East, Far East and Europe. Low development risk and faster time to market can be achieved easily as Escape leverages a single code base to support all popular embedded platforms including MIPS, PPC, ST Micro and X86 processors using Linux or other embedded operating systems.

About Espial
Espial is the leader in creating scalable application software for consumer electronics. In addition to a robust technology platform, Espial has a reputation for excellence in creating or enabling graphical user interfaces, Video-on-Demand, Electronic Program Guides, T-commerce applications, walled garden or Web content including multimedia plug-ins like Flash and Real Player content. Espial’s software solutions allow consumer electronics manufacturers to reduce their time to market and development risk for technologically advanced TVs, DVD recorders, set-top boxes, and mobile phones – anything that requires an enhanced user experience. Espial has more than 100 device design wins with companies such as Intel, Motorola, LodgeNet, Philips and Samsung, and has deployed proven solutions for home and mobile broadband networks. Visit for more information.

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