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Espial's browser powers Hitachi's connected TV.

Espial, which supplies on-demand TV solutions, said hardware manufacturer Hitachi is shipping its latest connected-TV models into the Japanese market powered by the Espial TV Browser.

To assist with its goal of being one of the premium TV suppliers to the Japanese market, Hitachi has incorporated the Espial TV Browser, which is included in a number of connected-TV models shipped to only the Japanese market.

Working with Espial, Hitachi is said to be the first manufacturer to ship connected-TV units in Japan.

The Espial TV Browser is a WebKitbased browser to support standards and Web portals such as BML, AcTVila with full VoD download and VoD streaming capabilities, Yahoo Doga, and (portal site). In addition, users can input the url so they can visit the website of their choice.

The Espial TV Browser is also capable of operating in both HTML and BML modes. This reduces ROM resources as it is a one-code base for two browsers instead of two-code bases for two browsers.

The company added that its TV browser provides "the best performance for Web page loading and scrolling". In addition, it provides intuitive 2D navigation by remote control.

"We were impressed with the performance of the Espial TV Browser at first sight. Hitachi is committed to open standards and we believe that WebKit is the ideal foundation for the Web TV experience," noted Kenji Katsumata, general manager, Visual Technology Solutions Digital AV Products Division at Hitachi Consumer Electronics.

"The Espial TV Browsers offers a powerful platform for us to extend our capabilities to Web video capabilities in the future, based on HTML5 video and Adobe Flash10.1."
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Publication:APB Magazine
Date:May 1, 2011
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