WorldGate Lands SIGECOM Deal


Cable overbuilder SIGECOM LLC cut a deal to deploy WorldGate Communications
Inc.'s interactive-TV service in Evansville, Ind., where the overbuilder
competes against interactive-TV provider Insight Communications Co. Inc.

SIGECOM will offer WorldGate's walled-garden service -- which contains local
weather, news and other information -- to all of its digital-cable subscribers,
WorldGate officials said.

Web surfing, electronic mail and multiplayer games will be offered in a
premium package.

SIGECOM counts 23,000 basic subscribers, and it passes 77,000 homes in

Marketing its service to competitive overbuilders is not new to WorldGate,
president Gerard Kunkel said, noting that its service also is deployed by Click!
Network in Tacoma, Wash., and GEUS in Greenville, Texas.

Insight doesn't offer true Internet TV surfing, but the company has a
walled-garden interactive-TV product in Evansville, supplied by Liberate
Technologies and Source Media Inc., spokeswoman Kim Messina said.

It also offers cable-modem access to PC users, she