Monday, May 2, 2005

Taiwanese IPTV Set-top Vendors License ANT's Interface

Askey Computer Corporation and Alpha Networks, both of Taiwan, have licensed ANT's Fresco browser and PurePlay digital media manager technology for integration into IPTV set-top boxes (STBs) targeted to operators in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Taiwan.

STB manufacturer, Askey, will integrate ANT's Fresco browser into an IPTV STB reference design to provide a customised user interface and access to operator-provided content. Askey will also incorporate ANT's PurePlay digital media manager to deliver a STB design with media manager capabilities. PurePlay provides photo viewing, MP3 audio and video clip playing, slideshow and media management facilities in consumer appliances such as TVs, STBs and DVD players.

Alpha Networks will utilize ANT's Fresco for the user interface on its new line of IPTV STBs. Alpha's IPTV STBs with ANT's Fresco professional-graded UI will support high quality MPEG-4 SP/ASP, WMV9, SMPTE VC-1 or H.264 (AVC) video.

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