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Satellite offers up multi-player gaming

Mon, 04/15/2002 - 8:00pm
Duffy Hayes

Static 2358, the interactive television gaming subsidiary of OpenTV, announced a new addition to its interactive games channel PlayJam-namely, advanced multi-player capability of the popular East End Arrows TV darts game. Starting this spring, viewers in Britain's 5.7 million digital satellite homes will be able to throw an interactive game of darts against a player down the hall, across the street, or across the country.

The multi-player capabilities are part of Static's upgrade of the PlayJam games channel, which has hosted more than 1.6 billion gamers so far.

In other OpenTV interactive news, the company announced new tools to bridge the gap between HTML-based Internet content and applications for interactive television. The new suite of OpenTV tools should help developers author interactive content and applications based on core middleware from the company.

The first toolset, OpenTV H20, is for applications in thin client environments, allowing for conversion of online content authored in HTML or JavaScript into iTV applications ready for broadcast to any thin set-top powered by OpenTV middleware. The thicker client toolset, called OpenTV HTML Package 2.0, is the latest version of the company's client-side embedded Web browser, which is integrated with their middleware platform in thick client set-top boxes.

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