>ANT's Galio Browser Selected by Unihan, Exterity, Coship

--ANT Names Jim Denenny GM for the Americas

UK-based digital TV software company, ANT, has generated a fair
amount of news over the past few weeks:

  • Unihan, a wholly owned subsidiary of AsusTek, has licensed the
    company's ANT Galio Browser for its new set-top boxes. The first
    customer for the new ANT-powered Unihan set-tops is Japanese
    content delivery systems integrator and service provider, Cool.revo,
    which is planning to launch new IPTV services in Q1, 2009. "We
    selected ANT Galio Browser for our latest set-top box solution as it is
    one of the most flexible solutions available," Unihan general manager,
    Steve Huang, said in a prepared statement. "By using it, service
    providers can change the look-and-feel of the user interface much more
    easily than with other market offerings. Due to its open standards-based
    design, operators like Cool.revo can also use ANT Galio Browser to
    create and add new applications really quickly, enabling them to
    innovate in ways that they haven't been able to previously."
  • The company has named Jim Denenny VP and general manager for
    the Americas, as part of an ongoing strategy to expand beyond its
    European base into the US and Asia. Denenny, who will be based in
    Atlanta, will be responsible for driving ANT's operations in the US,
    including overseeing sales, marketing and customer-relationship
    management (note: the company's US customers include Cisco and
    Xerox). For the past two years, he has served as general manager of
    RealNetworks' Video Services Business Unit, which offers ASP
    services designed to enable US broadband and mobile carriers to offer
    their subscribers video. Prior to that, he spent almost a decade at
    RealNetworks in various senior management positions in sales,
    marketing and engineering. ANT also recently named Sean Kim VP
    and general manager of its Asian and Russian operations. Kim, who has
    been with the company for two years, is based in Seoul. "ANT has seen
    impressive growth over the last 12 months with royalty income from
    licensees particularly strong," Richard Baker, ANT's EVP of sales and
    marketing, said in a prepared statement. "The next six months will see
    the business develop its international presence aligning itself with OEM
    manufacturers and service providers in Asia and the US. The
    appointment of Jim Denenny reflects this international expansion."
    Added Denenny: "ANT is at a threshold with an impressive set of
    licensees worldwide at a time when digital TV is set to go mainstream.
    It has an incredibly strong end-to-end software proposition for device
    manufacturers and operators. My role is to make ANT the software
    standard for digital TV deployments in the US."
  • Network IPTV specialist, Exterity (note: the company specializes in
    technologies that deliver video over IP networks within buildings), has
    licensed the ANT Galio Browser for use with its range of HD IPTV
    receivers. Exterity is a long-time ANT customer, having previously
    used the company's Fresco platform. According to ANT, the Galio
    browser is especially suited for hospitality and MDU deployments
    because it offers extensive support for Web technologies, allowing use
    of existing knowledge and off-the-shelf development tools, and thus
    making it easier for hospitality and MDU service providers to build
    their own interactive applications. "By selecting the ANT Galio
    Browser for our HD IPTV receivers, we can allow users to develop and
    display more intuitive, engaging and responsive user interfaces and
    interactive content," Exterity CEO, Colin Farquhar, said in a prepared
    statement. "ANT Galio enhances the user experience and enables
    dynamic content, ranging from local device set-up menus to complex
    remote services such as EPG's and VOD interfaces. ANT Galio
    represents the ideal component to complete our already comprehensive
    IPTV receiver range."
  • China's largest set-top box manufacturer, Coship, has licensed the
    ANT Galio browser for its next generation of IPTV set-tops. According
    to ANT, Coship selected the browser because of its flexible user
    interface design, and because of its dynamic software engine, which the
    company claims provides superior presentation and control for
    advanced TV applications. Like Exterity, Coship is an existing ANT
    customer that previously used the company's Fresco platform. "We
    have been working successfully with ANT for many years deploying
    set-top boxes using ANT Fresco," Coship VP, Daniel Pan, said in a
    prepared statement. "Migrating to ANT Galio was a natural progression
    for Coship and enables us to offer our operator customers a browser
    experience that can be tailored to their individual requirements. ANT's
    browser is based on open standards, and this is highly important to
    operators who want to develop TV applications quickly and
    cost-effectively. We believe that ANT offers one of the most
    competitive and innovative solutions on the market. Furthermore, ANT
    fully understands what is required from tomorrow's set-top boxes, and
    its strong operator relationships are invaluable to us."