OpenTV Debuts HTML Tools for ITV


OpenTV Corp. will offer customers an easier way to put Internet content on TV
screens with two additions to its product lineup.

Unveiled at OpenTV's World Summit 2002 in Paris, the two HyperText Markup
Language-based software additions are part of the company's 'Core' middleware

'OpenTV H2O' is a product aimed at basic set-top boxes that can't support
embedded Web browsers. It converts online content written in HTML and JavaScript
programming languages into interactive-TV applications at a server, then
broadcasts the content to the set-top.

H2O also supports widely used Web-authoring tools, making it easier for
content providers to offer their wares to TV systems.

It will be available in Great Britain as a managed service this summer, then
as a stand-alone product in 2003.

'HTML Package 2.0,' meanwhile, is the latest update to the company's product
line aimed at advanced boxes that do carry embedded Web-browser capabilities.
Available starting this summer, it pumps up the interactive applications for
presentation on TV sets. OpenTV is also working on another upgrade that would
let content providers funnel HTML content directly to the advanced boxes using
broadcast connections while receiving responses via broadband connections.

In a release, OpenTV chief technology officer Vincent Dureau said the tools
will better link Internet HTML content to basic and advanced digital boxes,
opening the door for more interactive-TV offerings.

'Finally, developers can now use standard HTML tools to author interactive-TV
content and applications while leveraging the broadcast-quality capabilities of
our Core middleware,' he said. 'In short, we believe we can make HTML look great
on TV.'

Based in Mountain View, Calif., OpenTV provides its interactive-TV
applications for customers including Sony Corp., Cablevision Systems Corp.,
PowerTV Inc., Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Motorola Inc., TiVo Inc. and
Panasonic-branded Matsushita Electric Corp.

Its Core middleware is running on 23.5 million set-top boxes