Trevose, Pa.—


The TVGateway interactive-program-guide consortium said MetroCast Cablevision will launch the IPG to a few hundred subscribers in Belmont, N.H., in January.

The system-spun off from Harron Communications Corp. in 1998-will eventually offer the TVGateway IPG to all of its 35,000 subscribers in 19 New Hampshire communities, according to WorldGate Communications Inc. WorldGate formed the IPG consortium last summer, signing Adelphia Communications Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications Inc. as investors.

Charter has rolled out TVGateway to a "handful" of systems, WorldGate vice president of marketing Jim Boyle said. Cox, Comcast and Adelphia haven't announced any commitments to deploy the IPG. Last month, AT & T Broadband said it would deploy the TVGateway IPG in three Iowa and Washington cities until integration work with Gemstar-TV Guide-its exclusive IPG supplier-is complete.