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BRITISH SME COMPANY WINS SET-TOP BOX TV INNOVATION AWARD AT CES 2012

Bristol, UK - 14 February, 2012

 

Ocean Blue Software, a world leader in digital TV technology, has won a prestigious TV Innovation Award for its Talking TV technology.*       

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Named the winner in the set-top box (STB) innovation category by IMS Research during International CES 2012 last month, the set top boxes are like regular Freeview+ HD boxes, but will be able to talk to their owners and guide through the numerous pages of TV information, assisting those who have eyesight problems, are partially sighted or elderly.

 

Talking TV is a world 1st solution, providing Digital TV devices that speaks to its users with a human voice, and incorporates an assistive User Interface (UI) and advanced text to speech solution for the EMEA market. The STB technology, which voices on-screen information, including programme guides and menus, uses human speech to guide users with eyesight impairment through the numerous pages of TV information and programmes.

 

Ocean Blue’s assistive technology is a low cost solution, developed in partnership with digital TV chip giant, STMicroelectronics. Its is an advanced version of the technology initially developed in cooperation with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) over the last three years, and will be integrated into a DVB-T2 Freeview STB. The launch coincides with the UK’s digital switchover and comes as the country is gearing up to host the Olympics and Paralympics. This award winning set top box solution will allow millions of people in the UK and Europe to access the Olympic Games, possibly for the first time.

 

“The digital switchover has multiplied the number of channels to 50 plus, for UK consumers, making navigation very difficult for 10-15 percent** of the population who have some form of eye sight or reading disability or are just in need of assistance in accessing TV programmes.,” said Ken Helps, Founder and CEO of Ocean Blue Software. “This technology is a huge step forward to making digital TV accessible to all sectors of the community, including the elderly who can struggle with the often confusing and busy interfaces of many Freeview boxes, and will benefit from a more simplified experience.”

 

Ocean Blue’s software allows for a range of languages and dialects, current set top box versions include German, French & Spanish.

 

The company has been pioneering and promoting the Talking TV technology for over 3 years. It has shown its ground-breaking technology around the world and seen other countries legislate for its inclusion. In the US, for example, text-to-speech technology was included in President Obama’s 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and is expected to become law later this year. And in Australia, the Government Helpbox scheme for Talking TV technology is now a standard for TV.

 

If you would like to see a demonstration of this award-winning technology, you can visit us at the IP&TV World Forum – 20th-22nd March, stand 105. Or email Amy Lowe to schedule a meeting: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Note to Editors:

An online video demonstration of the Talking TV technology is available here

* IMS Research, TV Innovation Awards 2012 www.imsconferences.com/index.php/tvawards2012

** Figures are from a report commissioned by humaniITy for RNIB on the potential market for enhanced access to digital television for older people and those with disabilities. December 2007.

 

About IMS Research

IMS Research is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry, offering syndicated market studies, custom research and consultancy services. Clients include most of the household names in the industry. IMS Research has offices in Europe, the US, China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. To find out more, contact IMS Research: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; T: +44 (0) 1933 402255; http://imsresearch.com

 

About Ocean Blue Software

Ocean Blue Software is a privately-owned technology company, based in Bristol, UK and with offices in Hong Kong. Specialising in the development, distribution and support of world-class software solutions, which are incorporated into Digital TV consumer electronics products, present in the Connected Home.

Ocean Blue’s software products stand out in terms of maturity, usability, operability and adherence to international digital broadcast standards, notably DVB, DTG, HbbTV and ETSI. Ocean Blue is active in DTV standard groups, assisting in the development of industry software standards.

 

Ocean Blue’s new software developments include support for High Definition (HD) TV broadcasts Advanced Text-to-Speech technology, CI Plus and Connected-TV solutions, such as HbbTV.

For further information please visit oceanbluesoftware.com

 

 

Press Contact:

Ocean Blue Software Ltd.

Amy Lowe

+44 (0)1179 722753

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.oceanbluesoftware.com

 

 

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