Ekioh UI Engine integral part of latest Freewire IPTV STB service

Cambridge, UK, 3rd September 2008

Ekioh today announced that the Inuk Networks Freewire IPTV service, running on STBs using the Ekioh UI Engine, has been rolled out in several locations across the UK. The Ekioh UI Engine utilises the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) open standard from the W3C, to provide a fast, flexible and customisable user experience.

The nationwide Freewire service available to students across the UK has so far largely concentrated on offering its IPTV service via a PC or Mac client. The service is also now available on STBs using Industria’s Zignal 2.0 middleware and the Ekioh UI Engine. The STB solution is now in operation at four university campuses across the UK. As Inuk expands its Freewire student IPTV service off-campus over the Cable & Wireless national LLU network, this Ekioh solution will be provided as an integral element of the STB solution for every customer on the platform.

“We have been looking to deliver a true next generation TV experience on a set-top box for over two years and SVG seems to be the missing link when it comes to rendering really fast graphics and a responsive interface,” said Marcus Liassides, Chief Executive Officer at Inuk Networks Ltd. “Using Ekioh’s SVG browser together with Zignal 2.0 has enabled us to take a huge leap forward with a user interface which not only looks fantastic but is also the fastest I have ever seen on a set-top box.”

Piers Wombwell, CEO of Ekioh commented: “The Ekioh UI Engine has been specifically designed for set-top boxes and combines flexibility and performance giving a superior user experience. This is the first live deployment of the Ekioh UI Engine and as the Freewire service expands, we are delighted that our software will be used by every set-top box customer on the Freewire platform.”

About Ekioh

Ekioh designs and develops user interface software for embedded systems. The Ekioh UI Engine delivers fast, responsive user interfaces, and the Ekioh Browser is an advanced web browser supporting the latest HTML standards.

Based in Cambridge, UK, Ekioh makes it easy to develop compelling user interfaces for consumer devices. The Ekioh team has many years of experience developing user interface software for embedded systems, including JVMs and JavaTV, HTML and SVG.

About Inuk Networks

Inuk Networks is a triple-play service provider which has capitalised on the rapid growth of broadband technologies by developing a platform for the distribution of broadcast quality TV and carrier-class telephony over closed IP-based networks.

Freewire (www.freewiretv.com) is the company’s branded platform for the delivery of video, voice and data services to consumer customers, with an initial direct focus on the student market.

Inuk’s Freewire platform can be customised and delivered as a wholesale solution, offering broadband providers and network operators the ultimate flexibility in how they provision their TV, voice and converged entertainment service offerings.

Please visit http://www.inuknetworks.com for more information about Inuk Networks.

Media Contacts:

Ekioh Ltd
Piers Wombwell, CEO
+44 1223 858031