OpenTV-run set-top use up 47%

Tue, 08/14/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

More than 18.2 million digital set-top boxes worldwide carried OpenTV's middleware as of June 30, and 2.2 million in the second quarter, the company reports.

The quarterly number is up 47 percent over the same period last year, when the deployments reached 1.5 million, including digital cable, digital satellite and digital terrestrial networks.

"This is our third consecutive quarter of deploying more than 2 million" set-top boxes with OpenTV's technology, says Gray Fuges, director of investor relations. He credits the increase to several factors, including the company's 45 network operators it's signed up, 33 of which are deploying. In March, the numbers were 40 networks and 30 active. "We have a larger customer base and within that, more are deploying," he says.

Also important were such network operators as EchoStar in the United States, DirecTV Latin America and BSkyB in the United Kingdom, which also was OpenTV's first customer, Fuges says.

As of June 30, seven OpenTV network operator customers each had deployed more than 500,000 boxes using OpenTV, and four of those operators passed 1 million.

Twelve set-top box builders had shipped more than 500,000 with the middleware installed, and of those, seven had shipped more than 1 million boxes with the middleware installed.

Fuges says the time between gathering the numbers and showing revenue from them lags by a quarter, and he had no dollar figures. Royalty revenue is 40 percent of the company's total revenue base, he says. Dollar figures will be discussed in October's release of third-quarter results.

"Stay tuned," Fuges says.


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