Wink Communications Inc. and Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. recently announced an agreement to integrate Wink's interactive television services on the Motorola/General Instrument DCT-2000 digital set-top platforms running the TV Guide Interactive Program Guide (IPG). This agreement will accelerate Wink's ability to offer Wink-enhancements to cable operators using the DCT-2000 and TV Guide Interactive.
As a result of the Motorola DCT-2000 set-top box architecture and resources, cable operators using the platform have been unable to simultaneously deploy Wink interactive TV services and TV Guide Interactive. Wink-Gemstar's integration removes this barrier and allows both services to run efficiently and simultaneously on the same DCT-2000 set-top box.
Additionally, the integration enables TV Guide to use Wink service to offer interactive applications on the TV Guide Channel. This agreement represents a new market opportunity for Wink.