Sun Invests in Canal Plus


Sun Microsystems Inc. said it has made an equity investment in Canal Plus
U.S. Technologies, strengthening the ties between two companies working toward
open standards for interactive cable set-top software.

Sun did not disclose how much money it will put into Canal Plus, but sources
close to the situation tagged it as in the neighborhood of $20 million.

In connection with investment, Canal Plus said it will license Sun's
Java-based technology to create an 'end-to-end' interactive-TV system based on
its 'MediaHighway' middleware. Specifically, Canal Plus will port Sun's
'PersonalJava' platform, 'Solaris' operating environment and 'Cluster 3.0'

Both companies said the relationship centers on a commitment to build open
standards based on Java technology for the United States and abroad.

Sun and Canal Plus are contributing to a Cable Television Laboratories Inc.
middleware standard called the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP). The first
iteration of that spec has been sent out for comment before a final version is