OpenTV Brings Ticketmaster to TV


OpenTV Corp. has signed an interactive-TV deal with Ticketmaster, one of a
host of announcements by U.S. companies at the International Broadcasting
Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The T-commerce application would allow OpenTV users to search for and
purchase tickets for sporting events, concerts and other events through their
TVs. Using OpenTV's 'H20' content-development program, Ticketmaster plans to
transform its online content into an interactive-TV application.

In other news from the IBC confab:

\u0007 Liberate Technologies said it's working to make Discovery Channel's
Crocodile Hunter interactive. Liberate-enabled features would include
more information about animals in the program, still photos and Steve Irwin

\u0007 Motorola Broadband Communications Sector introduced the 'TMX-2010'
transcoder/multiplexer for cable-content grooming.

\u0007 Macrovision Corp. said it will integrate its copy-protection system into
Broadcom Corp. chip sets destined for Linux-based set-top boxes.

\u0007 nCUBE announced an integration deal with Nextream,
which supplies digital headends to cable operators. nCUBE's server and
media-management platform will be integrated with Nextream encoders,
multiplexers and Internet-protocol-gateway devices.

\u0007 Pace Micro Technology plc also announced a new series of
set-top-boxes, the 'IP 400,' which would play Microsoft Corp. 'Windows Media
Player' content.

The new boxes are geared for telco digital-subscriber-line deployments
centering on IP television. They are smart-card, hardware encryption-based,
with 3-D graphics accelerators.

The set-tops will be able to handle TV, video-on-demand, games,
electronic mail, karaoke and Web browsing. The 'IP 442,' one of three products
in the family, can support two TVs with one set-top.