Hamburg, Germany, Aug 30, 2022 – NetRange MMH GmbH (‘NetRange’), an ACCESS company and a global provider of white-labelled, turnkey Smart TV and OTT ecosystems, today announced that it has been selected by Konka to power HbbTV on its Android -based smart TVs. NetRange will provide the ACCESS NetFront™ Browser BE HbbTV for Android solution to enable Konka to support the growing numbers of operators in the MENA region that have chosen to launch interactive and smart TV services via HbbTV.
NetRange and ACCESS have carried out a bespoke engineering project to enure that the NetFront™ Browser BE HbbTV for Android solution is fully integrated with Konka’s choice of SoC vendor.
ACCESS, the parent company of NetRange, has supported HbbTV with browser solutions from the earliest days of the interactive TV standard and provides TV OEMs with the highest level of HbbTV standards conformance. As the key module in a complete HbbTV package, the NetFront Browser solution presents HbbTV applications to the consumer and provides OEMs with a choice of Chromium or WebKit HTML5 engines. Additionally, ACCESS and Netrange provide support for regional or country specific standards, such as Freeview Play 2017 in the UK.
“The cost-effective ACCESS HbbTV solution enables Konka to minimize the additional cost of supporting HbbTV on its Android-based smart TVs,” said Michi Uematsu, CTO, ACCESS. “This partnership is further proof of our flexible approach that offers OEMs a choice of an end-to-end ACCESS and NetRange solution of browser and App Store combination or to choose the individual software components they need. We look forward to enabling Konka to cost-effectively manufacture TVs that support customer requirements throughout the MENA region.
NetRange, an ACCESS CO., LTD. company (Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section Index, 4813), is a leading pioneer of Smart TV and a global provider of white labelled, turnkey Smart TV and OTT ecosystems and app stores.
NetRange operates an integrated, full-service solution which includes UI design, payment, billing and customer management, content aggregation, backend services including global CDN, second level support and app development for more than 100 global CE, TV, STB, retailer and operator brands, including Vodafone, Grundig, Arçelik, TCL, Skyworth, Sharp, Loewe, Changhong, IKEA, MSH, Thomson HD+. Its fully featured Smart TV Appstore includes local and global premium VoD stores, linear TV channels via IP, cloud games, live sports, music and lifestyle apps. It makes media content available for TV users in over 100 countries around the world.
In addition, NetRange also leverages its content relationships and broadcast technology expertise to provide OS.CAR, a connected car infotainment platform and VISNOS, a client-based Smart TV OS that significantly reduces the BOM cost for TV manufacturers through enabling a full Smart TV through devices with low-powered CPUs.
KONKA Group Co., Ltd. founded on May 21st, 1980, was the first sino-foreign joint venture electronic manufacturer upon China’s reform and opening. As a large consumer electronics manufacturer with over forty years of industrial existence, KONKA has now started its strategic transformation to become a complex that also functions as an industrial strategic innovator, an industrial real estate developer, an Internet and supply chain service provider. With this strategic transformation undergoing, KONKA now has developed four large business groups including the consumer electronics, the industrial park, as well as the PaaS (platform as a service) & financial investment.
KONKA is increasing its strategic investments in several key core technologies such as Micro LED, 8K, AIoT and 5G to ensure its future leadership in the ever-changing global consumer electronics industry.
Based on the TV business and driven by technological innovation, KONKA will build overseas AIOT home ecological chain in thethree circles of smart TV, smart home, and consumer goods.