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OpenTV hits 16 M mark; cuts deal with Philips

Mon, 05/21/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

OpenTV's middleware has now been installed in 16 million set-top boxes worldwide, with 2.1 million new OpenTV-enabled STBs deployed in the first quarter 2001, the company reports. The company shipped 1.6 million STBs in first quarter 2000.

In totting up its first-quarter results, OpenTV also found that it had its second consecutive quarter of at least 2 million deployments — coming primarily from DirecTV Latin America, EchoStar and BSkyB. New operators this quarter include Golden Channel in Israel and MultiChoice Hellas in Greece.

The deployment growth included digital cable, digital satellite and digital terrestrial networks.

At the same time, OpenTV announced a deal with Philips Semiconductors, where the two intend to port OpenTV's ITV middleware to the Philips Semiconductors' Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine line.

The deal allows service providers to deliver ITV applications on existing set-top boxes, as well as "next generation boxes," OpenTV reports. The software is intended to allow ITV, interactive games and Web browsing on the pnx8320 Nexperia system, which supports highly interactive program material combining digital video, audio, 2-D graphics and Internet content.

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