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6 September 2012 - ANT, an established provider of software and services for the delivery of digital TV, today announced the latest features to be added to its multiscreen app, ANT Galio Move. Having been first launched at IBC 2011, ANT Galio Move now enables viewers to both watch TV and interact with social media on the same screen. And, by analysing programme metadata it can provide links to additional associated online content.

ANT Galio Move allows consumers to stream live and recorded TV to tablets and smartphones anywhere in the home. Viewers can watch the same programme or another live or recorded programme on their connected devices without interrupting the main TV. The application connects to the TV device using Wi-Fi enabling consumers to manage recordings, access additional programme information and quickly navigate through the touch screen EPG.

Now, as viewers look for a more interactive tablet and smartphone TV viewing experience, ANT Galio Move has been enhanced to enable users to update Facebook or Twitter while they watch TV content on the companion device. ANT Galio Move intelligently suggests the appropriate hashtags on Twitter and presents additional, relevant online content to the viewer. By using programme metadata from broadcast signals, the intelligent application can provide links to Wikipedia for additional programme and actor information, movie trailers on YouTube, or a soundtrack on iTunes.

“For TV device manufacturers ANT Galio Move provides significant FTA (Free-to-Air) product differentiation, while for broadcasters and operators, it enhances and adds value to an existing service,” said Pauline Ingram, Acting CEO at ANT. “ANT Galio Move’s direct connection to the TV device is key to delivering additional, relevant, associated content and intelligent social media integration.”

ANT will be showcasing the latest ANT Galio Move enhancements for the first time at the IBC show in Amsterdam 7-11 September 2012.

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About ANT
ANT plc (www.antplc.com) develops and deploys embedded software solutions and services for the TV industry. Its Galio Suite, a browser, client and applications stack, is an open standards based, flexible application & middleware solution for a wide range of consumer TV platforms. Using its experience of TV, ANT provides powerful solutions to its customers by combining consultancy and engineering services with its highly capable platform products.

ANT enables media driven organisations to quickly create and roll-out innovative and successful applications and TV services. Its software is deployed in both operator and free-to-air retail markets. By working with ANT, operators are able to attract new subscribers, reduce churn and increase average revenue per user. Those targeting the retail market are able to differentiate their product range to increase unit sales and generate ongoing revenue opportunities.

ANT’s software has been extensively deployed by customers throughout the world including ADB, Amino, Bouygues Telecom, Cisco, Chunghwa Telecom, Coship, HwaCom, France Telecom, Humax, Pirelli, Sagemcom, Samsung, Technicolour, Telecom Italia and YouSee.

ANT plc's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP (Reuters: ANTP.L, Bloomberg: ANTP.LN).