WRAL Digital and DTV Plus said they will launch a digital-television pilot in
Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which will allow users to watch high-definition
programming and surf the Web at the same time.
That six-month HDTV/datacasting project, dubbed 'CompleteTV,' will be offered
to 'a number of families' in the area beginning in the second quarter, the
Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc. subsidiaries said.
Capitol also owns or operates a portfolio of TV- and radio-broadcasting
properties, including WRAL-TV, WRAZ-TV and WRAL-FM in Raleigh, as well as
WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, N.C.
WRAL Digital and DTV Plus have tapped a host of technology partners for the
trial, including Texas Instruments Inc., Panasonic Consumer Electronics,
Internet Broadcasting Systems Inc., Ravisent Technologies Inc., RKR Video,
Decisionmark Corp. and NOW! AudioVideo.
Pilot participants will use a special navigation interface to access news and
information from the WRAL.com Web
site/portal and Decisionmark's interactive programming guide. DTV Plus,
meanwhile, will use datacasting to update the portal. TI and Ravisent are
providing the interface's middleware.