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OpenTV hits 12-in-12 mark with AlphaTV of Greece

Mon, 12/17/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

With time to spare, OpenTV says it landed its 12th network operator customer for the year when it inked a deal with AlphaTV of Greece. The company had a goal to pursue one operator per month in 2001 and now serves a total of 50.

Under the deal, AlphaTV will use OpenTV's iTV platform technology in its new satellite TV service, Alpha Digital. The service will offer enhanced news, games, banking and t-commerce, the company says.

The service will broadcast throughout Greece starting in early 2002, although the exact time frame wasn't available, says spokeswoman Helen Chung.

AlphaTV has two terrestrial TV stations and three radio stations. An iTV component should pull in about 100,000 subscribers to Alpha Digital in its first year.

Chung would not disclose financial terms of the deal.

Last month, OpenTV inked a deal with its eleventh network operator, Jupiter Telecommunications Co. Ltd., to jointly develop a two-way digital iTV service. Jupiter, or J-COM, is Japan's largest MSO, with 21 cable systems that serve more than 1 million cable TV homes. It's jointly owned by Liberty Media and Microsoft, and Microsoft is represented on its board.

Chung did not know if OpenTV would continue its operator-a-month program in 2002, noting that it would depend on the company's 2002 guidance, due in January.

Worldwide, OpenTV has 19 cable, 26 satellite and five digital terrestrial operator customers, it says.

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