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OpenTV bets on in-room gaming

Wed, 06/23/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

OpenTV subsidiary BettingCorp UK Ltd. has secured hotel deployment agreements with Quadriga Worldwide Ltd. and corporate cousin On Command Corp.

Under the first deal, BettingCorp will provide Quadriga with interactive gaming services. Quadriga, which provides digital services to more than 477,000 hotel rooms in Europe, initially will offer BettingCorp's services to hotels in the U.K. that operate the Quadriga "Genesis" on-demand platform.

Once the service is installed, Quadriga will offer BettingCorp's "soft" fixed-odd games such as keno and virtual horseracing, as well as a number of casino, arcade and trivia games.

In the second agreement, BettingCorp will develop interactive games for On Command, which distributes services to more than 1 million guest rooms.

On Command customers will play BettingCorp's client-server "iGames" with in-room TV remotes and wireless keyboards. On Command plans to launch the service with 15 BettingCorp games, which include a range of casino, puzzle, arcade and trivia titles. OpenTV and On Command both have corporate ties to Liberty Media Corp.

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