OpenTV Inc. inked a five-year licensing and porting agreement with Scientific-Atlanta, the second-largest supplier of digital cable set-tops in the U.S. However, it's expected that this agreement initially will have more legs in the European cable sector.
Under the deal, S-A will port a range of OpenTV interactive television (iTV) middleware products, including Core 1.1, on the Explorer set-top platform. S-A has already completed a port on the Explorer 4200DVB, a box that supports PAL, DVB and EuroDOCSIS standards.
OpenTV also extended an application developers agreement with S-A for the software maker's ProSync iTV service. The next step, of course, is to win deployments with cable operators.
"This licensing agreement will create new opportunities for both companies by making it easier for operators to quickly deploy a state-of-the-art iTV solution, comprised of hardware and software that has already been tested to reliably work together," said OpenTV Chairman and CEO Jim Chiddix.