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Matsushita Adds OpenTV to German Boxes

8/23/2001 7:29 AM Eastern

Japan-based consumer-electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
Ltd. said Thursday that it will add OpenTV Corp.'s Web browser into
next-generation digital set-tops tagged for the German market.

Outside of Japan, Matsushita products carry the Panasonic brand.

Specifically, Matsushita's set-tops will house OpenTV's 'Device Mosaic'
HyperText Markup Language player, which handles applications such as Web
browsing and electronic mail, in its 'F.U.N.' (Free Universe Network)
set-tops.

Matsushita said it will market the boxes directly to German consumers. Those
set-tops provide access to more than 300 'free-to-air' digital channels, the
company added.

OpenTV's TV browser supports a variety of Internet standards, including HTML
4.0, JavaScript 1.4 and ATVEF 1.1.

Separately, OpenTV said it has finished developing a Multimedia Home Platform
extension for its advanced interactive-TV software platform.

MHP -- a standard defined by the Digital Video Broadcasting project group --
is an application-programming interface for games, personal video recorders and
other enhanced-television applications.

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