2/7/2005 - Espial announced that Korean-based S-NET Systems has selected Espial to deliver advanced capabilities for their Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) set-top Box. Capabilities in this STB will range from simple customized EPGs to the more complex Video On Demand and full Internet browsing -- including faithful rendering of the latest Macromediatm Flash content. Espial is a leading provider of set-top box and mobile handset software.
Easy localization was one of S-NET's mandatory requirements and instrumental in their selection of Espial technologies. The ability to support a variety of fonts, provide text encoding support, and right to left capabilities and a variety of input mechanisms allows the manufacturer to deploy in multiple countries in multiple languages easily. Only Espial software supports localization to this level.
"S-NET is a company that prides itself on innovative approaches to technology," says Keeho Park, CTO from S-NET Systems. "In order to meet the needs of our global telco customers, our entrance to the STB market needed to have the most advanced capabilities -- from Video On Demand to Web browsing -- and needs to function in multiple countries, reflecting the international focus of S-NET. Embedding Espial Escape in our offering allowed us to offer a unique combination of TV-features alongside the advanced web standard compatibility."
Users of the S-NET STB can expect intuitive interfaces that make access to Video On Demand, Web browsing, email and chat services quick and simple for every level of user. Customization of the UI is easy using traditional markup languages like HTML, allowing telcos or carriers to create the look and feel that matches the brand. By building these capabilities within a browser framework, applications, components and new technologies can be added as the need arises, future-proofing the design."S-NET's commitment to a variety of geographies has given us a chance to showcase the ease with which Escape is localized to a market," says Dr. Neale Foster, Director of Marketing for Television at Espial. "We are always pleased to be selected by a customer that has very demanding technical requirements in a combination of two areas: TV and Broadband Internet."
Espial software enables IPTV set-top box manufacturers to deliver broadcast TV content with the capability of rolling out new applications that are responsive to market needs. Easily integrated with any middleware or VOD supplier, Espial software can scale to meet the requirements of low-end to high-end set-top boxes.
The Espial Escape browser is specialized for the TV STB market, complying with international television standards including MHP, OCAP and ARIB and supporting 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.
Espial is a leading provider of set-top box and mobile handset software, specializing in IPTV applications, such as graphical user interfaces, Video-on-Demand, Web Portal and Browser capabilities and T-commerce applications. Espial.s software allows 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 Motorola, LodgeNet, Siemens, OnCommand, Philips, Intel and Samsung, and has deployed proven solutions for home and mobile broadband networks. Visit www.espial.com for more information.
About S-NET Systems
In addition to its reputation for Network Integration (NI) and Solution Integration (SI) with more than 350 worldwide customers, S-Net Systems, Inc. specializes in manufacturing STB and Home Network devices including IP-STB, Cable STB, PVR, and Home Automation Control Devices. As a spun-off company from Samsung Electronics, S-NET Systems joined the SKT consortium as a major product and device provider, and it is also a member of HNA (Korea Home Network Industrial Association). S-NET Systems is especially focusing on the development of products in various innovative network technologies, and is expecting to roll out HD-Class IP-STB and PVR in the 2nd half of 2005 and wireless PMP (Personal Media Player) in 2006, respectively. For more information, please visit www.snetsystems.com/eng for more information.
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