Anaheim, Calif. -- OpenTV Corp. inked a deal with Jupiter Telecommunications
Co. Ltd. to jointly develop a two-way digital interactive-TV service. Terms of
the deal are undisclosed.
Jupiter is Japan's largest MSO, with 21 cable systems in the country, where
it serves more than 1 million cable-TV homes. Liberty Media Corp. and Microsoft
Corp. jointly own it, and Microsoft is on its board.
Under the deal, OpenTV and Jupiter will develop such advanced interactive-TV
services as on-demand news, weather, online shopping, games, movies and other
programming for Jupiter's network.
OpenTV will provide the operating middleware, interactive applications and
'What we're doing is beyond integrating middleware,' OpenTV spokeswoman Helen
Chung said from the floor of the Western Show here.
The project will launch sometime next year, although specifics haven't been
determined, she added.
The company said the services will meet the requirements of the Association
of Radio Industries and Businesses and the specifications set out by Japan's
Broadcasting Markup Language standard for BS-type broadcasting.
The deal is OpenTV's second recently announced in Japan. In August, it
announced that it and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. had completed a
jointly developed Multimedia Home Platform extension.
The deal furthers OpenTV's goal of adding one new network operator per month.
Jupiter is its 11th this year. Chung would not say who the 12th will be.
'That will be announced in December,' she added.