EchoStar Communications has launched a mosaic video application that will enable viewers to watch six TV thumbnailed video channels and access an interactive menu concurrently.
Powered by OpenTV Corp. set-top software, the mosaic and interactive elements, offered on channel 100, follow some earlier work with the technology by EchoStar. In 2004, the DBS service provider offered mosaics to support the Summer Olympics and for coverage of the Presidential elections.
A mosaic thumbnail, once selected by a customer, will be transitioned to full-screen video.
Cable also has some grand plans for mosaic video applications. The Comcast Media Center and GuideWorks LLC, the Comcast Corp./Gemstar-TV Guide joint venture, are developing "video-rich navigation" enhancements for interactive program guides.