5/9/2003 - OpenTV (NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam: OPTV), one of the world's leading interactive television companies, announced that FOXTEL has selected a full suite of OpenTV products and services, including OpenTV Middleware Solutions Core 1.1, OpenTV PVR Extension, OpenTV Publisher, OpenTV H2O, OpenTV Account, OpenTV Advertise, OpenTV Gateway as well as professional services including project management, to enable interactive services on both FOXTEL's cable and satellite platforms.
The selection of OpenTV for both FOXTEL's broadband cable and satellite platforms represents the broadest global deployment by a single network operator to date of OpenTV technology. FOXTEL has requested OpenTV to provide it with interactive applications including multi-camera angle sports and enhanced news. A key benefit of the end-to-end complete solution that FOXTEL has selected is that it can give content developers the flexibility to create interactive content in HTML, or XML or with OpenTV's Software Developers Kit.
"FOXTEL has always been committed to providing our cable and satellite customers across Australia with a rich, engaging television viewing experience and we're pleased to be adding this robust suite of interactive services to our cutting edge digital service," said Kim Williams CEO of FOXTEL. "We believe that OpenTV's extensive global experience in deploying iTV and content will provide a strong foundation as we build and enhance the way our customers watch television."
"FOXTEL has selected OpenTV to implement an end-to-end solution for a fully integrated interactive television platform," said James Ackerman, CEO of OpenTV. "OpenTV is thrilled to have this opportunity to fully execute on our vision of the interactive experience that all television viewers should be able to enjoy. We believe that the deployment of such a robust, broad interactive platform can truly benefit FOXTEL, FOXTEL's subscribers and the international developer community."
FOXTEL has selected the latest version of OpenTV middleware, Core 1.1. A key new product feature that Core 1.1 provides is functionality, that allows messages and notifications to be broadcast to individual set-top boxes or groups of set-top boxes. Potential uses of this technology could include email notification, community messaging, or the provisioning of FOXTEL services. Core 1.1 provides additional functionality that FOXTEL can access in the future should it choose to, such as:
FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than one million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%). FOXTEL plans to launch its digital service in early 2004.
One of the world's leading interactive television companies, OpenTV provides a comprehensive suite of technology, content, applications, and professional services that enable network operators in over 60 countries to deliver and manage iTV services on all major digital TV platforms. OpenTV is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with regional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific. For more information, please visit www.opentv.com.
OpenTV and the OpenTV logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of OpenTV, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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