OpenTV Passes 33% EchoStar Penetration


More than one-third of EchoStar Communications Corp.'s 6 million subscribers
can now get some form of interactivity as OpenTV Corp. announced that it has
passed the 2 million-home mark among EchoStar subscribers.

The major application available is localized weather information through
'Dish Instant Weather.'

OpenTV has been largely stymied on the cable-operator front in the United
States, with only one deployment at USA Media Corp.'s Half Moon Bay, Calif.,

OpenTV is deployed in more than 18 million set-tops worldwide through a mix
of cable and direct-broadcast satellite operators, including British Sky
Broadcasting Group plc in the United Kingdom.

The company said EchoStar's entire subscriber base will be able to download
its interactive software once middleware integration is