Buffalo Powers Hybrid Set-Top Box with Evo Client - Launches IP, Satellite & Terrestrial Digital TV Service In Japan



    OTTAWA, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Espial(R) (http://www.espial.com/), a
leading provider of TV software and solutions, announced that Buffalo Inc.
(http://buffalo.jp/) has licensed Evo Client
(http://www.espial.com/products/evo_client/) middleware as their set-top box
(STB) middleware for their recently launched hybrid set-top box providing
digital TV and on-demand services. Espial also contributed to the success of
Buffalo's STB launch with support, development and integration services. The
Buffalo set-top box delivers a bouquet of digital broadcast TV channels from
satellite and terrestrial signals. It is also planned that it will provide
on-demand and interactive services over IP using open industry standards. For
example, for one on-demand service it already deployed Digital Living Network
Alliance (DLNA) standards to share pictures, videos and audio media between
computers and televisions.
    The Buffalo LT-H90DTV  
(http://buffalo.jp/products/catalog/multimedia/lt-h90/chideji.html) set-top
box is widely available today in electronics retail stores across Japan.
Espial and Buffalo are also cooperating to introduce the set-top box based on
the LT-H90DTV to broader distribution channels across Japan. Japan, like many
other countries, is rapidly transitioning from analog to digital TV to meet
the 2011 regulatory deadline to end analog TV services.
    In Japan, TV signals are broadcast free over the air via 2 satellite
services (BS and CS) and a digital terrestrial (DT) service. These services
adhere to the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) digital
video broadcasting standard. To meet Japanese regulatory requirements, digital
TV set-top boxes must support up to three (3) broadcast tuners each with their
unique channel line-up and integrate with ARIB-based software stacks. The
architecture and applications of Evo Client provide the potential of unified
broadcast and on-demand services as well as an excellent quality of
experience.
    "Buffalo's decision to use Evo Client attests to the capability,
flexibility and strength of our client middleware to meet Japan's digital and
IPTV market requirements," said Yukio Kanemori, Director of Sales, Japan. "It
is a privilege for Espial to work with Buffalo to deliver a leading digital TV
product to Japanese consumers."
    "We selected Evo Client for rich set of applications, high performance
architecture, and open interfaces. This simplified integration with our
set-top box and supports the extensive requirements for a hybrid IP, satellite
and terrestrial set-top box," said Hajime Nakai, Director, Member of the
Board, Broadband Solutions Business Division, New Business Division. "Espial
and Buffalo will continue to co-operate in the global market partnering to
provide a more complete solution to broader channels in the global digital and
IP TV market."

    About Evo Client (http://www.espial.com/products/evo_client/)

    Evo Client is a small footprint, set-top box (STB) middleware that
delivers a high-performance user experience for IPTV and hybrid STBs. Out of
the box, it offers an advanced suite of TV applications including: Electronic
Program Guide (EPG); High-Definition User Interface; Video on Demand (VOD);
Pay-Per-View (PPV); Portal; Settings; Digital Video Recorder (DVR); Caller ID;
Web Browser; and, Radio TV. It provides a rich, standards-based authoring
environment to create customized user interfaces and is easily ported across
set-top boxes (STBs). Its porting tool allows operators to maintain an
identical user experience and application set across STB brands and models.
With its application development environment, operators can rapidly build and
customize new user interfaces and applications to deliver new interactive
applications and compelling content to consumers.

    About Espial (www.espial.com)

    Espial provides intelligent and open TV software to service providers in
the cable, telecommunications and hospitality industries. It's middleware,
video-on-demand and browser solutions provide superior service delivery,
advanced service innovation tools and the ability to serve a wide range of
market segments - including over-the-top, IPTV, hybrid IP, multi-dwelling unit
and enterprise. With over 7 million licenses of its patented software
technology in use, Espial is a leading supplier of TV software. Espial is
headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information please visit the Espial
website @ www.espial.com.

    ABOUT BUFFALO Inc.

    Buffalo Inc. based in Nagoya, Japan, is a leading global provider of
award-winning networking, storage, multimedia and memory solutions for the
home and small business environments as well as for system builders and
integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral
experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative,
best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of
infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Inc and its
products, please visit http://buffalo.jp/.
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kirk Edwardson, Director of
Marketing, Espial, (613) 230-4770 x 1145, Kedwardson@espial.com,

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