ACCESS and ZEASN usher in next gen Smart TV experiences
The collaboration combines ACCESS’ expertise in connected entertainment with ZEASN’s smart TV app store and embedded WhaleOS
Oberhausen, Germany, 6 September 2018 − ACCESS CO., LTD and Beijing ZEASN Information Tech CO. (ZEASN), today announced a joint solution that turns Smart TVs into entertainment hubs. The collaboration capitalizes on the connectivity features of Smart TVs to offer a smart digital library and apps, while enabling the entertainment industry to easily manage their custom apps, statistics and revenue.
“Smart TVs have changed radically over the past twelve months, becoming much more intuitive to use. Yet, there is still work to be done to ensure all types of consumers can use the full potential of their smart TV and help the content industry to generate more value from their smart TV apps,” said Dr. Neale Foster, CEO of ACCESS Europe. “Our collaboration with ZEASN enables us to leverage our deep expertise in connected entertainment on all devices, while ZEASN simplifies the creation, maintenance and monitoring of dedicated smart TVs apps and app stores.”
The joint solution is based on ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser BE, an embedded Chromium Blink based HTML5 browser SDK supporting HbbTV, Freeview Play, Hybridcast and YouTube at its core, and ZEASN’s TV store and embedded WhaleOS. WhaleOS is a Smart TV OS providing efficiency and best performance as well as all new Smart TV features required on modern TV devices. ZEASN’s products are already used by tier-1 customers including AOC, Cultraview, CVTE, Haier, Hikeen, Konka, Philips and more. Through the partnership, the two companies will provide an efficient HTML platform that adheres to the latest requirements of the TV industry, and enhances the quality of experience of ZEASN’s Smart TV App Store on Linux and Android devices.
“We are committed to providing better services to digital home users worldwide, and we are always on the lookout for the right partners to help us on this mission. With an incredible track record enabling consumers to access the content they want, wherever they want and on the platform of their choice and an innovative spirit that resonates with ours, ACCESS was the perfect fit for us,” said Jason He, CEO of ZEASN. “It is exciting times for the TV industry: new use cases are popping right, left and center to deliver on consumers’ expectations for connected entertainment. By working with ACCESS, we are ensuring that we deliver on this demand for content that can be accessed everywhere, all the time and in a heartbeat, directly on smart devices.”
Through a single operator-branded gateway, the collaboration between ACCESS and ZEASN enables Smart TV manufacturers and the entertainment industry to offer:
- A modern browser-based platform for multimedia content access
- Localized high quality apps and games for TV devices
- A customizable app gallery
- Device management for user authentication and remote TV software configuration
- App, Video & TV show search and recommendation engine ready for personalization
- Advertisement platform integrated with App Launcher
- Pre-integrated payment solutions for seamless subscriber interaction worldwide
ACCESS solutions have been shipped in over 1.5 billion devices worldwide, from Smart TVs, smartphones and tablets through to game consoles, e-Readers and connected cars. Customers include Hisense, JVC Kenwood, NHK Publishing, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Toshiba and a number of car manufacturers.
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Since 1984, ACCESS CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Index, 4813) has provided advanced IT solutions centered around mobile and network software technologies to telecom carriers, consumer electronics manufacturers, broadcasting and publishing companies, the automotive industry and energy infrastructure providers around the world. The company develops mobile software solutions that have been installed on over 1.5 billion devices, and network software solutions that have been used by over 300 telecommunication equipment manufacturers. Utilizing its network virtualization technology skills and knowledge, the company is currently focusing on the development and commercialization of Internet of Things (IoT) and media solutions that combine embedded and cloud technology. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States to support and expand its business globally. Learn more about ACCESS at www.access-company.com.
Beijing ZEASN Information Technology Co., Ltd. was established in Beijing 2011. The first Smart TV equipped with the ZEASN App distribution system was produced and sold in China starting 2012. More than 10,000,000 end-users are already using the devices of Home Digital Entertainment equipped with ZEASN solution. ZEASN’s core product is Whale OS. The Whale Ecosystem is jointly built by ZEASN Cloud services and global developers, it is being provided to more than 50 TV brands with customized and diverse Home Digital Entertainment solutions covering more than 100 countries;
ZEASN wants to become the most innovative enterprise in the field of digital entertainment in people’s homes, providing a turnkey service for the global Smart TV industry and participating in the construction of an international intelligent ecosystem. We want to provide better user experience for global Smart TV users. We are headquartered in Beijing, China, with offices in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Europe. For more information on ZEASN and its portfolio of products and services, feel free to visit www.zeasn.com.
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